A demolition permit must be obtained before commencing demolition work, unless the work is exempt. The information below outlines how to obtain a demolition permit for demolition work. For application forms and information sheets, or to find out what types of demolition work are exempt, refer to the Related Links below.
Making an application
An application for demolition permit (form BA5) must be on the approved form and include each thing that is prescribed by legislation. This includes evidence that all relevant service providers have been notified of the work and that the building has been baited for rodents.
Applications must be submitted online through the City’s portal. Applications must include one copy of all required documents, including an application for verge permit, if required. A tax invoice will be emailed to the applicant for the payment of the application fees. Incomplete applications risk refusal and will not be accepted. Large applications, such as commercial developments, must also be submitted through the City's online portal. Refer to the Related Links below for application forms, fees, checklists and document specifications.
NOTE: All other required approvals should be in place and complied with when making an application for demolition permit. This includes development approval, health approval (i.e. removal of septic apparatus) and heritage approval.
Determining an application
The City must determine an application for demolition permit within 10 business days. Applications are assessed for compliance with the Building Act 2011 (WA) and the applicable building standards. If an application complies a permit is issued, but if an application does not comply it may be refused. If further information is required a formal request may be made in writing (email or letter) and the information is to be provided within 21 calendar days to avoid refusal. The applicant, property owner/s and demolition contractor will be advised of the application outcome in writing.
A demolition permit may be issued subject to conditions and inspections. The conditions must be read and understood before starting work and all inspection must be conducted as directed. Evidence of all completed inspections must be provided with the notice of completion after work is completed.