Building Applications

Building Licences

Every builder and/or owner builder intending to construct a building, alter, add to, repair or underpin, demolish or remove an existing building should obtain a licence before commencing that work.

Every builder and/or owner builder making an application for a building licence should submit to the building surveyor:

  1. Building Details (two complete sets of drawing to scale not less than 1:100)
  2. Block Details
  3. Specifications
  4. Structural Calculations
  5. Cost Estimate
  6. Compliance with Fire Regulations
  7. Requirements as to Drawings
  8. New and Existing

To obtain a copy of a building or demolition licence, please see below, or if you have any further queries please contact the Shire office.

Licence Request


To make a building application please contact us to either collect the required envelope or to make arrangements for it to be mailed to you.

Building Approvals

In Western Australia a building permit is required before any building work can be carried out and is obtained from a permit authority (local government) for the location where the work will take place. The Building Act 2011 (the Building Act) defines what is building work and sets out the process for obtaining a building permit.

The Building Act requires the person named on the permit as the builder to ensure that the building is completed in accordance with the plans and specifications approved in the certificate of design compliance and in accordance with the building permit. The Building Act also covers the building standards and it is the responsibility of the person named as the builder on the building permit to ensure compliance with the applicable standards.

The Approvals Process

When applying for a building permit, applicants must consider whether they must lodge a certified application or can choose to lodge an uncertified application. In either case, a signed Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) is required before approval can be given. A CDC confirms that a building’s design complies with the Building Code of Australia.

Certified And Uncertified Applications

A certified application is where a CDC has been signed by a registered building surveyor. If all other required approvals have been obtained, the permit authority has 10 business days to approve or reject the application. Applications for class 2 to 9 must be lodged as certified applications. Applications for class 1 and 10 may be lodged as certified applications.

An uncertified application can only be lodged for class 1 and 10 residential buildings and requires the local government to confirm compliance with the BCA, issue the CDC and approve or reject the application within 25 business days

 

Building Commission Resources

Below are links to some relevant documents (PDF) from the Department of Commerce Building Commission website.  Most of the Building Commission publications are available in hard copy and can be ordered for free by phoning 1300 489 099 or emailing bcinfo@commerce.wa.gov.au.

Building Commission Resources
Building Act 2011 Overveiw
Becoming an Owner Builder
Building for better Protection in Bushfires
Building your new home- a checklist
Dividing Fences guide
Do I need a registered Builder?
Keys to quick approvals
Rules for Pools and Spas
Work affecting other land