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In general a person must not carry out building work without a building permit where one is required. However the Building Act allows a person to make an application to the relevant permit authority to approve unauthorised building work in relation to a building and/or incidental structure. This...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Sometimes a building owner or occupier may wish to use the building for a purpose contrary to the approved use or classification of the building detailed on the current occupancy permit. The Building Act sets out the process for obtaining approval for either a change of classification or a change...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Building Act contains certain provisions requiring prescribed information to be provided to the Fire and Emergency Services (FES) Commissioner. Building surveyor requirements (r. 18B) For certain Class 2 to Class 9 buildings, the building surveyor responsible for signing the certificate of...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Building Act requires the responsible person (i.e. builder or demolition contractor) to provide certain notices for the completion or suspension of work under a building or demolition permit. Notice of cessation (s. 34) The person named as the builder or demolition contractor on a building or...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
As part of its enforcement role, a permit authority can inspect building work and investigate Building Act compliance matters and, where relevant, issue infringement notices, building orders or commence prosecution for non-compliance. There are three types of permit authority: Local government For...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
In Western Australia, building work is required to comply with the performance requirements of the Building Code of Australia (the Building Code), which comprises Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code Series. The Building Code contains specific bush fire construction requirements...
Building in bush fire prone areas
Types of permits and their processes One: Building permit Two: Occupancy permit Three: Building approval certificate Four: Occupancy permit strata Five: Building approval certificate strata Six: Demolition permit One Building permit
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In general a building permit...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
General sequence chart
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Building approvals process page 22 Note: for uncertified applications, the certificate of design compliance is obtained by the relevant permit authority after the application is submitted. Typical building approval sequence – Class 1 and...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Building Act adopts the Building Code of Australia (BCA), being Volumes One and Two of the National Construction Code series, as the primary applicable building standard for all new building work, new buildings and incidental structures. The applicable building standards apply whether or not a...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
A certificate of compliance is required before a building permit, occupancy permit or building approval certificate can be granted by a permit authority. There are two signatures on a certificate of compliance: the signature of the building surveying practitioner registered under the Registration...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA

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The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the use of Australian Standard AS 3959 construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas (AS 3959) for BAL assessments during the extension of the...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
18 Jun 2020
The department's mental health and wellbeing inspectors have developed a series of resources on workplace mental health and wellbeing. The concepts presented may assist workplaces to discuss, consult...
WorkSafe
Information
15 Jun 2021
The objective of this general inspection was to determine if new residential buildings (dwellings) in designated bush fire prone areas are adequately meeting the bush fire building requirements of...
Building and Energy
Reports
03 Jun 2020
This industry bulletin provides information on the Home Building Contracts Amendment Regulations 2020 (the Amendment Regulations) which were published in the Government Gazette and have commenced...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
29 May 2020
The Building Amendment Regulations (No. 3) 2020 (Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on 24 April 2020 and have commenced operation.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
28 Apr 2020
While it is reasonable to be concerned about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, there are a number of actions you can take to look after your mental health during this challenging time. Access...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
It is reasonable for employees to experience increased worry, anxiety and stress about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Managing the risk to mental health during this time means employees will have...
WorkSafe
Information
08 Apr 2020
The purpose of this bulletin is to clarify the energy efficiency provisions for building in Western Australia from 1 May 2020.
Building and Energy
Bulletin
01 Apr 2020
Owners and occupiers of premises on which there is a private swimming pool must ensure they have a compliant safety barrier in place at all times. This document can be used to check the basic...
Building and Energy
Fact sheet
01 Apr 2020
This industry bulletin is intended to alert stakeholders to pending changes to Western Australia’s building legislation which will come into effect when the Strata Titles Act 1985 is amended...
Building and Energy
Bulletin
09 Apr 2020

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On 1 May 2020 amendments to the Strata Titles Act 1985 (STA) and consequential amendments to the Building Act 2011 (Building Act) and Building Regulations 2012 came into effect that streamline provisions of the Building Act dealing with strata proposals. A number of Building Act forms have also been discontinued to reduce duplication and additional costs. The discontinued forms are: BA11...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Jun 2020
Building and Energy is letting building industry practitioners know about its new private swimming and spa pool safety barrier checklist. It is a simple self-assessment tool to check the basic elements of a pool’s safety barrier. The checklist is not intended to replace the four-yearly inspection conducted by the relevant local government to verify compliance. Whilst the checklist isn’t...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Jun 2020
Did you know that a pool gate must open away from the swimming pool area and that pool gate hinges need to be installed at certain locations and meet the relevant Australian Standard? Statistically, pool gates are considered to be a high-risk area and are largely identified as being the most common: entry point for young children that drown in pools; and element of non-compliance picked up during...
Building and Energy
Department News
29 Jun 2020
WA’s building regulator is working closely with industry to improve understanding of bushfire building requirements after an inspection report highlighted some areas that were unsatisfactory. Most new residential buildings constructed in WA’s designated bushfire-prone areas need to include specific bushfire-resistant construction that meets Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements. The type...
Building and Energy
Media release
03 Jun 2020
Water Corporation, in consultation with Building and Energy, made changes to their water meter relocation process as of 29 April 2020. The changes are designed to better align processes with water services legislation and plumbing regulations, as well as to improve safety when working on or near Water Corporation assets. Key changes to the water meter relocation process: The customer will need to...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 May 2020
While the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly, we remain focussed on delivering our services while adhering to advice from Government to protect the health and safety of our staff and the wider community. The department is planning for a range of scenarios and endeavouring to ensure continuity of service. A number of functions can be performed remotely or by using our online...
Corporate
Department News
23 Mar 2020
Under OSH legislation, employers are required to provide and maintain, as far as is practicable, a working environment in which their workers are not exposed to health risks. This includes situations where employees and contractors may be at risk of contracting viruses such as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Employers need to keep up to date with the latest health warnings from the Australian and WA...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Mar 2020
On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations said: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly. “The McGowan Government recognises the importance of these reforms and hopes...
WorkSafe
Department News
25 Feb 2020
An Osborne Park building company has been fined for failing to manage and supervise excavation work that caused part of a neighbour’s garage to collapse in Leederville. Danmar Homes Pty Ltd (BC9032) and the company’s nominated supervisor, Robert George Williams (BP7911), were each fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board. Danmar Homes started work on the $2 million apartment development in...
Building and Energy
Media release
19 Dec 2019
Building and Energy intends to carry out a General Inspection to assess how well building standards are being applied in relation to the resistance of moisture penetration from wind driven rain during a storm event. This follows an analysis of complaints, audit statistics and information gathered from external parties that indicate wind driven rain penetrating homes is problematic. Inspection...
Building and Energy
Department News
11 Dec 2019

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