The commencement of the Building Act 2011 on 2 April 2012 introduced a new building approval process for Western Australia. This involved some significant changes to the building approval process, from the design stage right through to occupation of a building.

The Building Act and the Building Regulations 2012 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.