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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 (ie 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
Building in designated bush fire prone areas 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...
Building safely in bushfire 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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Building Commission
Guide / handbook
20 Dec 2016
Articles on the Yuanda building products audit, paint adhesion to white set plaster, emergency plumbing repairs in remote Aboriginal communities, changes to the Construction Contracts Act, industry...
Building Commission
Newsletter
12 Dec 2016
From 15 December 2016, important changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2004 (the Act) come into effect. These changes aim to improve the operation of, and access to, the rapid adjudication scheme...
Building Commission
Bulletin
09 Dec 2016
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
05 Dec 2016
The BCI Code applies to all State Building Work that is subject of an expression of interest or tender process on or after 1 January 2017.
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
13 Apr 2017
A fact sheet for building contractors.
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
05 Dec 2016
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 (the BCI Code) is effective from 1 January 2017. The BCI Code has been developed to ensure that when spending public...
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
11 Apr 2017
Frequently asked questions about drug and alcohol testing and the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016.
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
05 Dec 2016
Frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016.
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
05 Dec 2016
Frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 for subcontractors
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Fact sheet
12 Apr 2017

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Announcements

East Perth man Jon Valmont (alias Jon Marcel), trading as Marcel Roofing, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed in contracting for and carrying out building work in Attadale in late 2013 and early 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Dec 2016
Byford concreter Christopher Ronald Francis Gordon , trading as Flash Concrete , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences he committed while contracting for building work at a Rivervale property in 2014 and a Bull Creek property in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
12 Dec 2016
A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Media release
05 Dec 2016
A new code of conduct for Western Australia's building and construction industry will be introduced to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, improve workplace safety and add to the suite of measures adopted by the State Government to ensure subcontractors are paid on time.
Building Commission
Department News
05 Dec 2016
Nicola Multari , the sole director and secretary of Tonic Homes Pty Ltd (BC 13741 – expired), and Barry Douglas Windsor (reg. BP11375 & BC11375 – expired), the nominated supervisor of Fremantle Building Company Pty Ltd , have been fined for misconduct in connection with building work at a White Gum Valley property in 2013.
Building Commission
Media release
01 Dec 2016
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 applies from 1 January 2017 to the new tendering process of all State building projects. The WA code was developed to ensure that Western Australian government agencies, when expending public funds, contract with building contractors that conduct themselves in a reputable, fair, safe and responsible manner, both in...
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit / Corporate
Department News
05 Dec 2016
The Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit (BCCMU) has been established as a division of the Department of Commerce. The BCCMU’s role is to monitor compliance with the WA Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 . The BCCMU will work closely with the building and construction industry to assist them to understand the Code. The Contact Us page has contact details for the...
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Department News
05 Dec 2016
Interconnection of smoke alarms in residential buildings Requirements for a building permit Building surveyors and builders are reminded that mains powered smoke alarms located inside new residential buildings (being Class 1 buildings, sole-occupancy units in Class 2 or 3 buildings and Class 4 parts of a building) are required to be interconnected where more than one alarm is required to be...
Building Commission
Department News
28 Nov 2016
Mount Lawley builder Squire Homes Pty Ltd (reg. BC5025) has been fined $15,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for negligent conduct in the construction of three commercial projects on two Margaret River sites.
Building Commission
Media release
28 Nov 2016
Are you a subcontractor or small builder engaged in the WA building and construction industry? Would you like some useful tips about entering into construction contracts in WA? Do you want to learn more about making sure you get paid or what to do in the event of a dispute? If you answered 'yes' to the above, these training sessions are for you: Getting paid: information sessions on the...
Building Commission
Event
23 Nov 2016

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