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In the early hours of 14 June 2017, fire engulfed a 24-storey apartment block in West London’s North Kensington district known as the Grenfell Tower, causing at least 80 deaths and many injuries. While English authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire and its rapid spread, initial...
Compliance and audit
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Building Commission is developing a range of videos for industry and consumers. Below is a list of videos currently available for viewing. Videos and presentations Changes to the Construction Contracts Act The Construction Contracts Act 2004 (CCA) is an important piece of legislation for the...
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The Building Commission has commenced an independent audit of Yuanda-supplied building products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) and products that may contain asbestos. Announced by Building Commissioner Peter Gow on 15 July 2016, the audit follows...
Compliance and audit
The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) are provided to assist industry and homeowners to understand the bush fire requirements under the building legislation, including the Building Code of Australia (BCA) bush fire requirements, and to assist those who wish to upgrade their existing homes...
Building in bushfire prone areas
In February/March 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner and senior WorkSafe officers presented a number of seminars, in the metropolitan area and three regional locations, to registered High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) assessors (assessors). During the seminars, assessors asked a number of...
Information for high risk work assessors
Two Building Summits held on 8 August 2016 and 2 February 2016 provided opportunities for the Western Australian building industry and local and State government agencies to identify new red tape reductions and ways to streamline regulatory requirements for the construction of new homes,...
Events and seminars
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A guide to the building approvals process in WA
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

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The Building Regulations Amendment Regulations 2017 (the Amendment Regulations) were published in the Government Gazette on Tuesday 8 August 2017 and came into operation on Wednesday 9 August 2017...
Building Commission
Bulletin
13 Nov 2017
This industry bulletin provides information on the minimum standard of documentation for timber framed roof construction for domestic single and double storey dwellings, particularly for sites...
Building Commission
Bulletin
07 Nov 2017
A general inspection report into the construction of sheet metal clad timber framed roofing in Perth metropolitan and South West regions.
Building Commission
Reports
10 Oct 2017
A breakdown of the number and general location of buildings identified as being within the scope of the Western Australian state-wide cladding audit.
Building Commission
Reports
09 Nov 2017
A general inspection into the use of Yuanda products in Western Australian buildings.
Building Commission
Reports
31 Aug 2017
This Industry Bulletin serves as a reminder to residential builders and permit authorities about their obligations and duties under the Home Building Contracts Act 1991 and related legislation,...
Building Commission
Bulletin
09 Aug 2017
This Industry Bulletin outlines interconnection requirements for mains-powered smoke alarms installed as part of new building work, such as an addition or alteration, to existing dwellings. This...
Building Commission
Bulletin
12 May 2017
This industry bulletin provides information for building industry practitioners and regulators regarding changes to termite management system standards referenced by the Building Code of Australia (...
Building Commission
Bulletin
27 Apr 2017

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In July 2016, the Building Commission circulated an updated set of Building Commissioner approved forms for use under the Building Act 2011 . An indefinite period was provided to allow the community, industry and permit authorities time to transition the updated forms into their relevant systems. It was considered acceptable during this transition to use previous approved versions of the forms...
Building Commission
Department News
23 Nov 2017
Maddington company Great Aussie Patios Pty Ltd and its sole director and secretary Marcus Graham Fulker have been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for contractual offences committed in the supply and installation of a patio in Hazelmere in 2015.
Building Commission
Media release
26 Oct 2017
Standards Australia is seeking public comments on proposed changes to Australian Standard AS 3959 – Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas . Comments are also being sought by Standards Australia on its draft Preliminary Impact Analysis regarding the proposed changes to AS 3959. Public comments are to be provided directly through Standards Australia Public Comment online portal by...
Building Commission
Department News
18 Oct 2017
Wembley Downs builder Peter Clyde Carman (BC100666 – expired & BP100822 – restricted) has been fined $4,000 by the Building Services Board for submitting a misleading building permit application to the City of Karratha in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
25 Oct 2017
The Building Commission’s supplementary audit of Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) fire walls has found isolated areas of non-compliance but no systemic issues that pose an ongoing concern for the safety of occupants.
Building Commission
Media release
23 Oct 2017
Recent fire events in Australia and worldwide have highlighted the importance of fire safety in high-rise apartment buildings.
Building Commission
Media release
02 Oct 2017
The four month transitional period that delayed the application of the bush fire construction requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for areas that were newly identified as bush fire prone on the Map of Bush Fire Prone Areas 2017 (that came into operation on 1 June 2017) concludes on Saturday 30 September 2017. From Sunday 1 October 2017, applications for building approvals for...
Building Commission
Department News
29 Sep 2017
A Warrenup man has been prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for registration and contractual offences he committed while contracting for and constructing three sheds, in Robinson, Elleker and Warrenup, in 2014.
Building Commission
Media release
28 Sep 2017
The Building Commission has confirmed that testing found no asbestos-containing building products and materials supplied by Yuanda Australia in its general inspection of 13 Western Australian buildings.
Building Commission
Media release
31 Aug 2017
Margaret River registered builder William Robert Price (BC10294 & BP10294) has been fined $5,000 by the Building Services Board for negligent conduct.
Building Commission
Media release
30 Aug 2017

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