WA Hendry advises most building work requires a building permit under the Building Act 2011. The building permit is obtained from the relevant permit authority – usually the local government in whose area the building is located.
/ BUILDING PERMITS
Under the Building Act 2011 a formal building permit application must be signed by each owner, consenting to the work being done on their land, and by the builder who will be responsible for the work.
The application must also include details about the proposed building or incidental structure, evidence that prescribed approvals have been complied with, and must be accompanied by payment of the Building Services Levy and the building permit fee paid to the permit authority. There are two sorts of applications for a building permit under the Building Act 2011 –
- A certified application, where the application contains a certificate of design compliance signed by a registered building surveyor that the building will meet the applicable standards;
- An uncertified application, where the permit authority is required to obtain a certificate of design compliance.
/ CERTIFIED APPLICATIONS
You can make a certified application for any class of building or incidental structure. The Building Act 2011 requires a registered building surveyor to audit the proposed design and sign a certificate of design compliance. When the building surveyor has signed the certificate of design compliance and you have all the information, approvals and fees needed you can submit a certified application for processing by the relevant permit authority (usually the local government where the building is to be located). The permit authority has 10 business days to process the application.