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Building Act 2011 – New Building Approval Process

The commencement of the Building Act 2011 on 2 April 2012 introduced a new building approval process for Western Australia bringing some significant changes to the building approvals process, from the design stage right through to occupation of a building.

The Building Act and the Building Regulations 2012 replace the Building Regulations 1989 and much of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960, and amends a range of associated acts. The key objectives of the new Act are:

  • to provide a comprehensive system of building control in Western Australia; reduce building approval times;
  • set standards for buildings and demolition work in Western Australia; and
  • deal with building or demolition work that affects other land.

The commencement of the Building Act 2011 has also introduce a new Building Services Levy and private design certification services provided by registered building surveyors

The Building Act: Keys to quick approvals has been developed in consultation with industry representatives, permit authorities and stakeholders. It documents the process for permit applications under the Building Act, and what each person is responsible for at every stage of the building process and is available to download here or get more information at the Building Commissions website www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au

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