Permit authority

 A permit authority is:

  • usually the local government that has responsibility for the area in which the building or incidental structure is (or is intended to be) located;
  • a special permit authority or
  • the State Government.

Under the Building Act 2011, permit authorities have a fixed amount of time to grant or refuse a building application.  If an application is incomplete, or the required approvals have not been obtained, the permit authority is entitled to reject your application and keep the application fee.

For further information about these timeframes, please refer to assessment timeframes.

If your proposed building works is going to be located within the City of Swan, you will need to obtain approval from the City prior to commencing any building works.

We are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all applications are complete and in order and that all statutory requirements and approvals are in place.
  • Granting a permit or certificate when we are satisfied that an application complies with the Building Codes of Australia and all other relevant standards and legislation.
  • Listing conditions, required tests and/or inspections where applicable on permits or certificates.
  • Maintaining building records which can be made available to authorised people such as current and subsequent owners.
  • Enforcing and dealing with non-compliant buildings and incidental structures by inspecting and investigating building work and, where relevant, issuing infringement notices, building orders or commencing prosecution for non-compliance.