Building Permits

An application for building permit can be certified or uncertified. A certified application (form BA1) can be made for any type of building and must include a certificate of design compliance (form BA3) from a registered building surveying contractor. An uncertified application (form BA2) can only be made for Class 1a or Class 10 buildings and requires the Town to issue the BA3 with the building permit. The BA3 confirms that the proposal complies with the applicable building standards and must reference plans, specifications and technical documents that confirm compliance.

Applications may be submitted by post or in person at the Administration Centre. An application must include the application fees and one copy of all required documents, including an application for verge permit, if required. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Large applications, such as commercial developments, may be provided on USB.

Determining an application

The Town must determine a certified application within 10 business days and an uncertified application within 25 business days. Applications are assessed for compliance with the Building Act 2011 (WA) and the applicable building standards. If further information is required a formal request may be made in writing (email or letter) and the information is to be provided within 21 calendar days to avoid refusal. The applicant, property owner/s and building contractor will be advised of the application outcome in writing.

A building permit may be issued subject to conditions and inspections. The conditions must be complied with before starting work and all inspections must be conducted as directed. Evidence of all completed inspections must be provided with the notice of completion after work is completed.

Builder’s registration and owner-builder approval

If the estimated value of work exceeds $20,000 a registered building contractor may be required to manage the work. Alternatively, an owner may obtain owner-builder approval from the Building Commission to manage the work themselves.

Notice of completion (form BA7)

The permit holder must provide a notice of completion (form BA7) to the permit authority within 7 days of completing the permit work. A person that fails to provide a notice within the required time may be liable for penalties.

Demolition Permit

An application for demolition permit (form BA5) must be on the approved form and include evidence that all relevant service providers have been notified of the work and that the building has been baited for rodents.

The Town must determine an application for demolition permit within 10 business days. Applications are assessed for compliance with the Building Act 2011 (WA) and the applicable building standards.. If further information is required a formal request may be made in writing (email or letter) and the information is to be provided within 21 calendar days to avoid refusal. The applicant, property owner/s and demolition contractor will be advised of the application outcome in writing.

A demolition permit may be issued subject to conditions and inspections. The conditions must be read and understood before starting work and all inspection must be conducted as directed. Evidence of all completed inspections must be provided with the notice of completion after work is completed.

NOTE: All other required approvals should be in place and complied with when making an application for building permit. This includes development approval, health approval (i.e. installation of septic apparatus) and owner-builder approval.