The Building Act, Regulations and associated acts provide a comprehensive system of building control, set standards for buildings and demolition work in WA and deal with building or demolition work that affects other lands. 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 the 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 lands.

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

View the Legislative Framework for building.

Building Compliance

Compliance issues relating to the Building Act 2011 include:

  • Non-compliance with an approved building permit.
  • Non-compliance with an approved building plan.
  • Building work affecting neighbouring land.
  • Unauthorised building.
  • Unauthorised or dangerous swimming pools.
  • Dangerous structures.
  • Pool and spa safety barriers.

Planning Compliance

Compliance issues relating to the Planning and Development Act 2005 include:

  • Unauthorised development.
  • Unauthorised use of land.
  • Non-compliance with approved plans.
  • Non-compliance with conditions on planning approval.

Refer to the Shire of Carnarvon's Planning information:

Planning Information

Environmental Health

The Environmental Health Officers investigate environmental health risks in areas such as:

  • Food safety.
  • Development control.
  • Disease control.
  • Pollution control.
  • Community living.

Refer to the Shire of Carnarvon's Environmental Health information: 

Environmental Health Information