The City can provide information and guidance on a range of building regulatory matters. The links below provide general information about building legislation and code requirements. If you require clarification, or if you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact us.
The National Construction Code is supported by numerous referenced documents, including Australian Standards.
Building Act 2011
The Building Act 2011 (WA) came into operation on 2 April 2012, revolutionising the building approval process. Find out more about these changes here.
Buildings are assigned a classification based on their intended use. The National Construction Code applies some different requirements to different classifications.
Building in Bushfire Prone Areas
New buildings in bushfire prone areas need to comply with new bushfire construction requirements. This also applies to some additions, alterations and minor structures.
Crossovers and driveways
A crossover is the part of a driveway between the kerb and the property boundary. Approval is required prior to the construction of a permanent crossover.
Easements are restrictions on a land title generally used to protect services such as water, gas and drainage. Easements also enable access for maintenance and repairs.
Home indemnity insurance
Building contractors are required to take out a Home indemnity insurance policy for residential building work valued over $20,000.
Inspections and tests
A building or demolition permit may be issued subject to certain inspections or tests being undertaken.
National Construction Code
The National Construction Code (NCC) is a suite of building and plumbing regulations that apply throughout Australia.
Residential Design Codes
The Residential Design Codes set out design provisions for residential developments across Western Australia.
During construction it is important to take measures to prevent or minimise impact on surrounding properties.
All buildings are required to have roof water directed to an approved disposal system, but the disposal method may vary depending on the site conditions.
Swimming pools and spas
Safety and supervision is paramount around pools and spas. Advice and regulation information is contained within this section.