Choosing the right permit

To provide for consistency in building approvals throughout the state, all the relevant application forms, notices and compliance certificates are approved by the Building Commissioner and are available on the Building Commission website.

Providing the correct application form together with all required information will assist the City to process your application in timely manner. 

Building permit 

In Western Australia it is an offence under the Building Act to commence any building work without a building permit. Generally, a building permit is required for all residential, commercial or industrial structures including but not limited to new works, alterations, additions, swimming pools, spas (below and above ground), pool safety barriers and sheds.

If your proposed building work requires a Health or Planning approval, you should obtain these approvals before submitting your building permit application to the City.

Please note: There are two ways to apply for a building permit.

Applications for Class 1b and Class 2 to 9 must be made as certified applications, whereas this is optional for Class 1a and 10 buildings and incidental structures.

Exemptions:

Part 5, Division 2 of the Building Act 2011 and Regulation 41, Schedule 4 of the Building Regulations 2012, outlines building work that does not require a building permit.

Find out more about the Building Permit application process.

Demolition permit

 A demolition permit is required for the demolition, dismantling or removal of a building or incidental structure.

Exemptions:

Part 5, Division 2 of the Building Act 2011 and Regulation 42 of the Building Regulations 2012, outlines demolition for which a demolition permit is not required.

Find out more about the Demolition Permit application process.

Occupancy permit 

 An occupancy permit must be obtained from the City before a Class 2 to 9 building can be occupied and must be displayed at the entrance of the building. Occupancy permits cover a number of different scenarios, including:

  • occupying a completed new building or a new part of an existing building;
  • temporarily occupying an incomplete building
  • changing an existing building’s use or classification;
  • authorising and occupying an unauthorised building.

Exemptions:

Occupancy permits are not needed for:

  • Existing buildings, unless the use or classification is to be changed.
  • Class 1a and 10 (single residential) buildings

If you require assistance please contact the City on 9267 9267 and ask to speak the Building Services Development Liaison Officer. Alternatively you may send an email to eBuilding@swan.wa.gov.au

Occupancy permit - strata

An occupancy permit - strata is required to obtain strata titles from Landgate for Class 2 to 9 buildings.

It is not compulsory to strata title a Class 2 to 9 building, however if you wish to lodge a strata plan for registration or re-subdivide a lot in a Strata Scheme under the Strata Titles Act 1985, you will need to obtain an occupancy permit -strata from the City. 

An occupancy permit - strata does not act as an occupancy permit or authorise a person to occupy a building. A separate occupancy permit will be required for such purposes.

If you require assistance please contact the City on 9267 9267  and ask to speak the Building Services Development Liaison Officer. Alternatively you may send an email to eBuilding@swan.wa.gov.au

Building approval certificate

A building approval certificate is used to:

  • Approve any unauthorised building work associated with a Class 1 or 10 building or incidental structure or
  • Certify an existing building’s compliance with the applicable building standards.

Building approval certificates are voluntary, however if you have unauthorised buildings or incidental structures, the City may require you to demolish these if your application is unsuccessful.  

If you require assistance please contact the City on 9267 9267 and ask to speak the Building Services Development Liaison Officer. Alternatively you may send an email to eBuilding@swan.wa.gov.au

Building approval - strata

A building approval certificate - strata is required to obtain strata titles from Landgate for Class 1 and 10 buildings or incidental structures. It cannot be used to certify compliance for works carried out without a building permit.

It is not compulsory to strata title a Class 1 and 10 building or incidental structure, however if you wish to lodge a strata plan for registration or re-subdivide a lot in a Strata Scheme under the Strata Titles Act 1985, you will need to obtain a building approval certificate - strata from the City.