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Building Act 2011

The Building Act 2011 commenced on 2 April 2012, introducing a new building approval process for Western Australia and bringing significant changes to the building approvals process, from the design stage right through to occupation of a building.

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.

The commencement of the Building Act introduced a new Building Services Levy , private design certification services provided by registered building surveying contractors and consent requirements for work affecting other land.

Building Act 2011 Proclamation

A Proclamation Notice for the Building Act was published in the Government Gazette (No. 37/2012) on 13 March 2012.  The Notice provides that the Building Act 2011, other than section 1, 2 and 3 (these sections were previously proclaimed) came into operation on 2 April 2012 .

A copy of the proclamation notice as it appeared in the Government Gazette published on 13 March 2012 (page 3) is now available at the State Law Publisher website.

Explanatory Guide to the Building Regulations 2012

The Explanatory Guide is available to assist you when considering the Building Regulations 2012.

Links to the legislation

Building Act 2011

Building Regulations 2012

Explanatory Memorandum to Building Amendment Bill 2012

Building Amendment Bill 2012

Building Regulation changes 19 December 2012