Building Legislation


The Building Act, Regulations and associated acts provide a comprehensive system of building control, sets standards for buildings and demolition work in WA and deals with building or demolition work that affects other land. Permit authorities must ensure buildings are constructed and occupied in accordance with the relevant permit and may prosecute for failure to obtain a permit when required.

The Building Act 2011 commenced on 2 April 2012, introducing a new building approval process for WA and bringing significant changes to the building approvals process – from the design stage right through to occupation of a building. 

The Act and the Building Regulations 2012 replaced the Building Regulations 1989 and much of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960 and amend a range of associated acts.

The commencement of the Act introduced a new Building Services Levy, private design certification services provided by registered building surveying contractors and consent requirements for work affecting other land.

Please visit the Department of Commerce – Building Commission website for more information on the Building Act 2011.

View the Legislative Framework for building.