Building Services' is currently determining 98% of building permit applications with-in statutory time-frames and these time-frames have continued to be met throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The City understands the importance of assisting residents, businesses and landowners in building to support the building & construction industry's activity to assist in the economy's recovery and creation of employment. The recently announced Commonwealth, Federal and State Government's housing construction or renovation stimulus packages has generated much interest for current and potential home buyers.
Building Services continues to streamline internal processes for fast-tracking application approvals. The Building Services team is able to provide general support and information to property owners, builders, designers or applicants throughout a building application process. Currently, patio and new housing applications are approved;
- Within an average of 5 business days.
- 64% approved in 3 days or less.
- Within an average of 3 business days.
- 75% approved in 3 days or less.
Types of building permit applications
Anyone can apply for a building permit. The applicant is responsible for submitting a complete application. The builder is responsible for completing the works outlined in the permit. There are two types of building permit applications, “certified” and “uncertified”;
Uncertified – BA2 application form
An uncertified application is as follows:
- Submitted without a Certificate of Design Compliance.
- Can be used for residential buildings (class 1a and 10), this includes a dwelling, patio, shed or the like.
- Is assessed by a building surveyor employed at the City.
- 25 business day’s statutory assessment time-frame.
Certified – BA1 application form
A certified application is as follows:
- Submitted with a Certificate of Design Compliance.
- Can be used for any type of building.
- Is reviewed by a building surveyor employed at the City.
- 10 business day’s statutory assessment time-frame.
- Further information requested must be received within 21 calendar days.
- If requested information is not received an application may be refused, however, the Building Services' team will work with applicants to avoid refusing an application wherever possible.
Application forms can be downloaded from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety website.
Lodging your application
Once you have completed the application form, it must be lodged with fee payment to the City.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the easiest and safest way to lodge a building application is via email email@example.com. A Building Services officer will contact you for credit card details via phone. Please do not enclose credit card information with emailed applications for security reasons.
Alternatively, you can submit your application in person at the City's Administration office located at 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale or via Australia Post. Please note with these options there will processing delays due to safety protocols relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Application fees are provided below.
A nominated builder or contractor must complete a 'BA7 - Notice of Completion' for completed works. This establishes the end date of the permit.
- A BA7 must be submitted within 7 days of completing the work
- It must include any relevant inspection or test certificates
- The nominated builder or contractor remains liable for the work until a BA7 has been submitted.
A nominated builder or contractor can submit 'BA8 - Notice of Cessation' for incomplete works. A BA8 identifies at what stage building works have ceased.
- The builder must submit a BA8 to the City within 7 days of works ceasing
- The builder must provide a copy of the BA8 to the owner within 7 days.
A 'BA19 - Request to Amend Building Permit or Builder's Details' form can be submitted in the following circumstances relating to the nominated builder:
For more information, please refer to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety guidance note on amending a permit (located under the BA19 form link).