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A person responsible for building or demolition work must ensure that the work does not affect land beyond the boundaries of the works land. However there may be the potential for this to occur in certain circumstances, for example where work is on small sized lots or where construction is close to...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Lodging the application Applications for building, demolition or occupancy permits or for building approval certificates can be submitted in a variety of ways, including in person, by post or electronic lodgement depending on the systems the relevant permit authority has in place. Under the...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
Choosing the correct form To provide for consistency in building approvals throughout the state, all the relevant application forms, notices and compliance certificates are approved by the Building Commissioner and available on the Building Commission website. Providing the correct application form...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
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
Changes to requirements 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...
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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A guide to the building approvals process in WA

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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
The Western Australian Building and Construction Industry Code of Conduct 2016 commenced on 1 January 2017. The code has been developed to ensure that Western Australian government agencies, when...
Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Code of conduct
13 Apr 2017
The Building Act 2011 (the Act) requires certain inspections and tests to be conducted during or at completion of building work before a notice of completion is provided to the permit authority. The...
Building Commission
Bulletin
09 Nov 2016
This sample form is not a formal document. It has been designed to include the information an inspection certificate must contain where one is required under regulation 27 or 28 of the Building...
Building Commission
Information
09 Nov 2016
This form is to be used by person(s) seeking owner-builder approval within six years of being granted a building permit/licence for owner-builder work.
Building Commission
Form – application
13 Oct 2016

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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
Laws introduced by the Liberal National Government to protect payments to subcontractors in the construction industry have passed State Parliament.
Building Commission
Media release
23 Nov 2016
Broome former registered builder Dominic John Della Franca (reg. BP12976 & BC12976), trading as Dom Della Constructions, has been fined $20,000 by the Building Services Board for a total of eight allegations of fraudulent and negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
22 Nov 2016
Building company Pacific Modular Pty Ltd (reg. BC14434) has been fined $3,500 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct relating to building work it carried out without a valid building permit at a South Hedland property in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
21 Nov 2016
Kalbarri man Peter John Barry Ikin , trading as Cape York Connections , has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out unregistered painting work at eight Mid West properties between December 2013 and June 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
14 Nov 2016
Osborne Park builder, Adam Bryce Thistlethwaite (reg. BP66814 & BC66814), trading as Starboard Side Construction Pty Ltd , has been fined by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) for engaging in negligent conduct that adversely affected a neighbouring property.
Building Commission
Media release
09 Nov 2016
The Building Commission is strongly advising home owners against carrying out their own plaster testing. The advice follows recent media reports and social media posts suggesting the use of a tape adhesion or “sticky tape” test to determine whether plaster has been correctly applied. Home owners are warned that testing their own walls could damage the plaster or paint. Tests should only be...
Building Commission
Department News
25 Oct 2016
Francesco Di Labio (reg. BP7903 – expired), as the nominated supervisor of Dianella building company Frayson Pty Ltd (BC8331 – cancelled), has been ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal (SAT) to pay a fine of $15,000 and costs of $1,000 as a result of disciplinary action by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
24 Oct 2016
On 17 October 2016, Home Australia Pty Ltd went into liquidation. Home Australia Pty Ltd (Home Australia Group) is the parent company of Collier Homes Pty Ltd (WA) in addition to Homestead Homes Pty Ltd (SA), Newstart Homes (S.E. QLD) Pty Ltd, Ashford Homes Pty Ltd (VIC) and Huxley Homes (NSW). Home owners currently building with Collier Homes (WA) will likely experience delays in the completion...
Building Commission
Media release
17 Oct 2016
Western Australia's home building industry and new home owners are continuing to enjoy savings, as more outdated requirements are removed from the State's building regulations.
Building Commission
Media release
13 Oct 2016

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