A new Building Act for Western Australia

Project Value Adding / Building Code Certification

On the 22nd June 2011, State Government passed legislation inclusive of a new Building Act which will see the separation of the process of certifying compliance with the building standards from the traditional administrative process of Local Government issuing permits.

The new Building Act sets out the process for setting building standards and ensuring these standards are met through a system of certifying compliance, granting building, demolitions and occupancy permits, inspecting building work and reporting on maintenance of essential services in buildings.  It also regulates work affecting other land and standards that apply to existing buildings, and provides for enforcement of standards and processes by permit authorities.

Local government remains the permit authority for most buildings under the Act.  For Crown projects, the State Government is also able to act as a permit authority where all buildings (including those owned by the State) must now comply with the Building Code.

Under the new legislation however, it allows a suitably qualified private Building Surveyor to certify compliance of the design documentation against the BCA as part of the submission package to Council.  If all of the information is complete when submitting for approval, a permit Authority will issue a Building Licence (or equivalent Permit) within 14 days of receipt of the information.

For a commercial development - the new Building Application fee to Council (as of the proposed date of introduction being October 2011) will be 0.09% of the estimated construction value.

Our scope would generally include - the issue of 2x BCA reports and a 'Certificate of Design Compliance'; inspections throughout Contract Administration, including the issuance of the 'Certificate of Construction Compliance' up to Practical Completion.

Class 1 and 10 Buildings

Typically Houses and Sheds

 

Class 2 to 9 Buildings