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What is a Building Permit?

Published: July 16th, 2015

What is a Building Permit?

A Building Permit is a document that signifies that the plans and documentation for a proposed building work meets the requirements of the Building Code of Australia, The Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2006.

A building permit is an official approval to proceed with a construction project. It is intended to ensure that the project plans comply with local standards.

Specific issues that the building permit process may address include structural integrity, zoning, sanitation, water and sewer lines, fire resistance and electrical service.

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Here are some helpful FAQs about Building Permits on behalf of www.commerce.wa.gov.au.

Permit authorities

Local governments will remain the main permit authority responsible for building control.

Who should get the permit – me or my builder?

This may change depending on your builder. If you are building with Aussie Living Homes, there will be a friendly face to look after any permit requirements for you.

Certified applications for building permits 

A certified application is accompanied by a certificate of design compliance signed by an independent building surveyor, which confirms the building will comply with the building standards and any other standard prescribed by the Regulations. A certified application can be made for any class of building and gives certainty of approval and reduced approval times to building owners.

Uncertified applications for building permits

An uncertified application is one in which the certification of building standards has not been done prior to the lodging of the permit application. It is the role of the permit authority to arrange for the building to be certified and a certificate of design compliance issued.


For more information, visit the Department of Commerce website.

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