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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
Coverage The Building Act 2011 (the Building Act) applies to buildings and structures attached to or incidental to a building. What is a building? There is no formal definition of a building in the Building Act; it takes its normal meaning, such as in a dictionary or in normal conversation. In the...
A guide to the building approvals process in WA
The Local Government Extranet provides information for permit authorities on the Building Act 2011 and the building approval process. The Extranet requires a login. If you have forgotten your login details or need assistance please email bcpublications@dmirs.wa.gov.au or phone 1300 489 099 and ask...
Building approvals
The Building Commission has supported an industry-led project to provide a practical building solution to enable alterations and additions in Class 1 or attached Class 10 buildings to meet the energy efficiency requirements that will apply from 1 May 2015. This project has resulted in the...
Codes and standards
Building classifications under the BCA.
Building approvals
The Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 requires that an individual, partnership or company that carries out, or undertakes to carry out, building surveying work as the person issuing a compliance certificate must be a registered building surveying 'contractor' or a building surveying ‘...
Find a registered building service provider or licensed plumber
Applications for occupancy permits and building approval certificates Application for an occupancy permit for a completed building (s. 46) The fee is $97.70 Application for a temporary occupancy permit for an incomplete building (s. 47) The fee is $97.70 Application for modification of an occupancy...
Building Act fees
The Media Liaison Officer is the first point of contact for journalists and other members of the media wanting information about Building and Energy (formerly the Building Commission and Energy Safety ) and its activities. Contact the media liaison officer: Email: bemedia@dmirs.wa.gov.au Mobile:...
About the Building Commission
Proposed consolidation of building related health (public buildings) provisions into the NCC Your comments are sought on a proposal to consolidate some building related provisions, currently contained in the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992 (the Health Regulations), into the Western...
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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
Building Commission
Reports
11 Apr 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
This industry bulletin provides information for building industry practitioners and regulators on certain transitional periods coming to an end that will affect any building permit application...
Building Commission
Bulletin
27 Feb 2017
Application for modification or non-application of a bush fire building standard
Building Commission
Form – application
13 Feb 2017

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Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.
Building Commission
Department News
20 Dec 2017
A Duncraig building company that continued to contract for and carry out building work after its building contractor registration lapsed has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.
Building Commission
Media release
19 Dec 2017
The Building Commission has produced a guidance note and new Building Act form to deal with amending a building permit to substitute a replacement builder where the builder is unable to continue the building work. This is generally due to insolvency, death or disappearance. Building Act Guidance Note – Building permit: amending builder's details BA19 – Request to amend building permit Enquiries...
Building Commission
Department News
19 Dec 2017
Changes to Western Australia’s building regulations have clarified restrictions on the types of buildings and incidental structures a building surveyor may sign a compliance certificate for under the Building Act 2011 .
Building Commission
Department News
06 Dec 2017
Applicants for a builder, building surveyor or painter’s registration in Western Australia are being reminded of their responsibilities when using a third party service provider to prepare their applications.
Building Commission
Media release
06 Dec 2017
If you are involved in the building and construction industry in regional Western Australia, you shouldn’t miss this important learning opportunity. Morning session – 9.00am to 12.30pm The Building Code of Australia (BCA) information session is a half day program in the morning covering the following Australian Building Codes Board information, (being presented in Perth on 27 and 28 February 2018...
Building Commission
Event
05 Dec 2017
A Maddington builder who provided incorrect and misleading information to become registered has been fined $5,000 and his request to cancel his registration has been accepted by the Building Services Board.
Building Commission
Media release
05 Dec 2017
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

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