Building Compliance

Overview

The Building Act 2011 has been effective since the 2nd of April 2012. It has influenced the way you apply for and receive approvals to build. The Act has also introduced a new fee structure - see link in related information section below.

The Building Regulations 2012 that accompany the Act set out strict timeframes within which a Permit Authority (Shire of Broome) is required to process the various applications for Permits. These are 25 working days for uncertified applications and 10 days for certified applications.

What is a Certified Application?

A certified application has all the certification of the building standards completed prior to the application being lodged. A signed certificate of design compliance is lodged with the application as evidence that the required certification has been undertaken. This certification can be done by a private Building Surveyor.

What is an Uncertified Application?

This application is for  class 1 (dwellings) and 10 (outbuilding, patios etc) only where the certification process has not been undertaken. The Shire of Broome is required to arrange for the plans and specifications to be assessed by a qualified building surveyor, this will generally be someone employed by the Shire of Broome. That building surveyor will issue the Certificate of Design Compliance if the plans comply with the building standards, after which the Shire of Broome can issue a Building Permit.
If information is missing from the application for the Building Permit, the Shire of Broome can give the applicant 21 days to provide the necessary information. If the information is not received with the 21 days, the Shire of Broome may not be able to offer any more time and you application may be refused. In such instances fees are not refunded and you will need to resubmit with the correct information.

The applicant MUST GET ALL OTHER APPROVALS such as Planning Department, Health Department etc prior to making and application for a Building Permit. Time constraints will not permit these approvals to be sought during the approval process as currently occurs.

Swimming Pool Applications

Swimming Pool companies will have to submit engineering details with the pool building application rather then relying on the Local Government Agency advising that a structural engineer needs to become involved. The pool safety barrier information is always required as part of the pool building application even if the pool builder is not responsible for the erection of the fencing.

Certified Application must be Complete

You will no longer be able to submit incomplete applications for a Building Permit. It has become common practice to submit an application while you wait for other information to arrive then send that into your Local Government Agency. Item such as those listed below must accompany the application. There may also be other items specific to your application or to the site.

  • Engineering plans or certification
  • Builder must be nominated – all details provided
  • All owners’ details must be on the application form and the form must be signed by ALL owners.
  • Water Corporation Approval
  • DFES approval where necessary (including unexploded ordinance letters)
  • Septic Tank approval;
  • BAL assessment for houses within identified bushfire prone areas
  • Residential Design Code variations
  • Building Code Alternative solution approvals
  • Health Department approval
  • A copy of the Construction Training Fund Levy receipt

Check Sheets

The Shire of Broome has provided check sheets that you need to apply to each application. Not all items on the check sheet will apply to every application. For example, you do not generally require Planning Approval for development on single residential lots, except where variations to the R-Codes are proposed. Water Corporation Approval must be obtained prior to making an application in every instance. Check sheets are available below.

Notice of Completion

Within 7 days of the completion of every building project the builder must send a Notice of Completion to the Local Government Authority. There is to be a standard form for this, and it can be found on the Building Commission Website or at the below link. The Building regulations provides a $10,000 penalty if the builder fails to send the notice within the 7 days.