The Building Sections role is to provide a service with regard to building legislation compliance. A building permit is required prior to commencing construction for most structures including pools, patios, shed, dwellings, group dwellings, and commercial buildings. The building section is also responsible for issuing sign licences.
No addition, alteration or new building work is permitted to commence until a Building permit has been issued by the Shire.
Building Services can be contacted on (08) 9727 0222, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As from 2 April 2012 new forms and fees will apply for all building permits.
New Building Application Forms and Guides can be obtained from our Shire Office or can be printed via the following link to the Building Commission website.
For information on Water Corporation approval please click on the Water Corporation link below:
If a structure is built without a building licence, the Shire is unable by law to issue a building licence retrospectively. However, where the building/structure complies with the relevant legislation, standard building construction practices, structural adequacy, health and amenity requirements of the Building Code of Australia and planning requirements, the Shire may consider issuing a Building Approval Certificate to the owner for an unauthorised building/structure. An application by the owner to the Shire must be made on a completed Building Approval Certificate Application submitted together with plans and drawings.
Owners and builders should be mindful that performing unauthorised building works is an offence under the Act and prosecution may result.
The Building Commission provides services in three main areas:
Licensing and Applications
Administers registration and licensing applications for builders, painters, building surveyors, plumbers and construction contract administrators.
Compliance and Complaints
Administers and monitors standards and codes of practice for building services
Develops and provides industry policy and legislation
Provides information and advice for industry and consumers
Energy Efficiency - ABCB
2009 Energy Efficiency Provisions for Housing Update.
On 30 April the Council of Australian Governments announced that it would request the Australian Building Codes Board to increase the stringency of the Building Code of Australia energy efficiency provisions for all new housing to a 6 star energy rating in BCA 2010. It also requires that proposals be cost effective and subject to a regulatory impact assessment.
Building Plans need to be submitted to Local Government and the Water Corporation for approval prior to building any type of structure on your property. Water Corporation need to check your plans to ensure proposed buildings are not constructed over, or too close to their assets.
This section provides information about building applications, water and wastewater service requests, the associated charges and payment options. It also includes details on how to lodge building applications and other service requests online throught BuilderNet®.
Smoke Alarm Laws
Do you own a house that you hire or rent out?
Since 1 October 2009, it has been mandatory to have mains-powered smoke alarms installed in existing dwellings prior to sale and when a new residential tenancy agreement is signed for rental properties.
Click here to read more on smoke alarm laws.