The City of Albany's Building Services team is responsible for ensuring that State Government building regulations, for residential and business, are administered in accordance with the Building Code of Australia, and that relevant town planning requirements and local building laws are adhered to.
Our team assists in protecting the community from major risks to life and property, and in ensuring the sustainability of our built environment.
Our role in building services includes:
- Assessing the key building risks and issuing permits,
- Providing advice on building matters,
- Building Certification.
We can assist you with submitting an application for:
- Building permits,
- Demolition permits, see application form BA5
- Dividing fences,
- Private Swimming pools and spas (including portable swimming pools)
- Retaining walls,
- Sign Licences, and
- Strata titles.
Appointments may be required with a Building Surveyor if our Development Services Information team cannot assist with your enquiry.
The Building Commission have produced a document called 'A Guide to the Building Approvals Process' to assist you with the building approval process.
A building permit is required for all structures (residential, commercial or industrial) before any building work can be carried out.
This includes (but is not limited to):
- new works,
- swimming pools & spas (above and below ground),
- safety barriers and fencing for pools/spas,
- patios and
A Building Permit must be issued prior to commencement of any work.
Different types of building work have different requirements when lodging an application for a building permit.
The Building Act 2011 requires a Certificate of Design compliance signed by a registered building surveyor to be obtained before a building permit can be issued.
For residential (class 1 and 10) buildings you can apply for an uncertified building permit (BA2), and the City of Albany will complete the Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) as part of the building permit process. Alternatively you can engage a private certifier to issue the CDC as part of a certified building permit application (BA1).
For commercial (class 2 to 9) buildings a CDC must be obtained and a certified application (BA1) submitted.
For more information on submitting a building permit and fees see FAQ & Information Sheets.
For more information regarding the requirements of the Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2012, including building permit forms, Notices and Applications, please refer to the Building Commission website.
The City of Albany Seniors Committee initiated the Liveable Housing Guidelines in October 2012 to provide seniors with helpful information when planning to renovate or build a home. To find out more, please see our Accessible & Inclusive Communities Page.
- Liveable Housing Design Guidelines (575KB)Liveable Housing Design Guidelines adopted by Council on 16 October 2012 Resolution 3.1.
- Sign Licence Application (160KB)A licence is required to be obtained for signs in accordance with the Signs Local Law 2006, Signs (Amendment) Local Law 2008. This application form is processed by the Building Department.
The purpose of this guideline is to provide information regarding smoke alarms, safety barriers and building permits for spas, and clarify that carports require a building permit.
For information on installing a swimming pool or spa, please view the Building Commission website.
- Smoke Alarms, Swimming Pools & Spas and Carport Information Sheet (3MB)The purpose of this guideline is to provide information regarding smoke alarms, safety barriers and building permits for swimming pools & spas, and clarify that carports require a building permit.