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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
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 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

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Recently WorkSafe has seen scaffolding where damaged components and unsafe practices were used in the erection of the scaffold. These included broken connection lugs and components secured with wire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
A checklist for removing non-friable (bonded) asbestos, for both licenced asbestos removalists and for those removing small quantities (less than 10 m2) who do not require a licence.
WorkSafe
Checklist
31 Mar 2017
Principals, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers working in the building and construction industry should be aware that the remaining sections 7 and 20 of the Construction Contracts Amendment...
Building Commission
Bulletin
24 Mar 2017
Building Commission
Checklist
20 Mar 2017
Building Commission
Checklist
20 Mar 2017
A builder who engages contractors or directly employs people has obligations to meet safety and health requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the Act). The Act also sets out...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
16 Mar 2017
The Building Commission released an e-letter on 28 November 2016 to remind building industry practitioners about interconnection of smoke alarms and the new Australian Standard for smoke alarms. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
28 Feb 2017

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Carramar plumber James Raymond Hudson (PL5487) has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine to the Building Commission and has had a condition placed on his licence by the Plumbers Licensing Board (PLB) as a result of the disciplinary action against him in May 2017. At the 29 May meeting the Board recommended the actions as a result of breaches of the Plumbers Licensing and Plumbing Standards...
Building Commission
Media release
09 Jun 2017
The Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2017 (the Map) that comes into effect on Thursday 1 June 2017, is now available from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website. This edition of the Map will show both ‘new’ bush fire prone areas and those ‘continuing’ from earlier editions of the Map. All bush fire prone areas will be coloured pink on the Map, with ‘new’ bush fire prone areas...
Building Commission
Department News
02 Jun 2017
The directors of The Patio Guys (WA) Pty Ltd (in liquidation), Sean and Roberta Keown, have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for offences committed by the company. In the Bunbury Magistrates Court on 29 May 2017, Mr and Mrs Keown were each ordered to pay fines totalling $1,500 and ordered to pay costs of $578 after pleading guilty to three charges each. The first two...
Building Commission
Media release
01 Jun 2017
Registered builder Anthony Clay trading as Mallee Tree Homes and Additions has accepted a fine of $5,000 and costs of $1,500 as a result of disciplinary action commenced by the Building Services Board in the State Administration Tribunal in April 2017. As a result of the proceedings, Mr Clay admitted that he had engaged in negligent conduct and harsh, misleading or deceptive conduct, in...
Building Commission
Media release
31 May 2017
Building Commissioner Peter Gow has issued a public warning about the status of registered building contractor Contempo Group Pty Ltd (reg. BC14145). The Building Commission has been advised by Contempo Group’s director that the building contractor’s nominated building supervisor, Mr John Hewitt (reg. 14108) is no longer performing the role of nominated supervisor. The Building Commission has...
Building Commission
Media release
22 May 2017
Residential building work over $20,000 must be covered by home indemnity insurance (HII) which protects owners against the risk of losing the deposit or other financial loss if the builder cannot complete the work or meet a valid claim for faulty or unsatisfactory building work because of death, disappearance or insolvency. Residential builders, owner builders and permit authorities are reminded...
Building Commission
Department News
22 May 2017
The April 2017 edition of Building Commission News is out now. Read the Building Commission News Edition 1/2017 – April 2017 The newsletter features articles on regulatory matters, electronic enablement initiatives, industry updates, events, and links to new publications . If you didn't receive a copy of the newsletter, make sure you are signed up to receive our news and updates. Subscribe to...
Building Commission
Department News
13 Apr 2017
The Building Commission has become aware of a number of ceiling collapses, particularly in homes completed between the years 2005 and 2009, which prompted an investigation into what caused the ceilings to fail. The Building Commission has inspected seven homes where ceiling failures had been reported. The homes inspected were completed during the past 10 or so years. The Building Commission’s...
Building Commission
Media release
11 May 2017
The Building Services Board has imposed a condition on the building contractor registration of Kalgoorlie builder Simon Pekovich Homes Pty Ltd (BC66114), trading as Amberley Homes .
Building Commission
Media release
03 May 2017
The Building Services Board has imposed a condition on the contractor registration of Mount Hawthorn-based builder Turquoise Developments Pty Ltd (reg. BC14354), trading as Talbot Le Page Homes.
Building Commission
Media release
26 Apr 2017

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