The commencement of the Building Act 2011 on 2 April 2012 introduced a new building approvals process for Western Australia bringing some significant changes to the building approval process, from design stage right through to occupation of a building.
The Building Act 2012 and Building Regulations 2011 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 works that affects other land.
To explain the new system and outline the options available, the Building Commission has prepared an information brochure titled “The New building Approvals System” which can be downloaded here