Building Services

The Commencement of the Building Act 2011 on 2 April 2012 introduces a new building approval process for Western Australia.

The Building Act 2011 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.

Building Services is responsible for the assessment and approval of building works within the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup under the Building Act 2011.

Under the Building Act 2011 a building permit is required before commencement of most building work.  In many cases the builder obtains the permit.

Formal approval (a building permit) is required for any building work involving the development of new structures, alterations or extensions and changes in ground levels.  These include:

  • Residential Dwellings/Granny Flats/Additions & Alterations
  • Sheds/Gardens/Workshops
  • Patios/Verandahs/Gazebos/Pergolas
  • Swimming Pools & Spas
  • Retaining Walls
  • Commercial Buildings inlcuding fitouts and refurbishments
  • Industrial Buildings

If the total value of work exceeds $20,000 a permit can only be issued to a registered builder or a registered owner builder.  Please refer to:

Becoming an Owner-Builder and Owner-Builder Approval Application Guidelines 2012.

Please contact Building Services on 08 9780 4200 for further details.