Under the Building Code of Australia, patios are classed as non-habitable Class 10a buildings or structures.
A patio is a pergola with an impervious roof covering (eg. colourbond or polycarbonate sheeting).
Under the Building Regulations 2012, a building permit is not required for a patio that:
The freestanding proposed patio should be located not less than 900mm from the dwelling and a minimum 500mm from the lot boundary.
NOTE: A Building Permit application will be required if the proposed patio does not meet the above criteria. In addition, Planning Approval may be needed. Please contact Building Services on 9411 3444 for further information.
When the Building Act 2011 came into effect on 2 April 2012, it introduced a new building approval process for Western Australia. Under the new building legislation, builders, designers and owners have a choice of submitting either a certified or uncertified application.
A Certified Application (BA1 form)
The plans and specifications of a proposed building have been assessed by a registered private building surveyor. If the proposed structure complies with the applicable building standards, the building surveyor will issue a certificate of compliance. This certificate of compliance is to be submitted with the building permit application.
The permit authority (i.e. local government) has 10 business days to make a decision on the application.
An Uncertified Application (BA2)
The plans and specifications for a proposed structure have not been assessed by a registered private building surveyor. The information and documentation lodged with an uncertified building permit application will be assessed by a building surveyor employed by the permit authority.
The permit authority has 25 business days to make a determination on the application.
To apply for a building permit, the following information would be required:
Please kindly note in addition to the above items, the following information should also be provided with your application:
Footing size and type of coupling to timber posts;
Type of timber to be used and its compliance with AS1684 (i.e. ability to withstand exposure to the elements).
Engineer designed and certified drawings showing
Please be aware that if the proposed structure requires Planning Approval, you must obtain this prior to lodging an application for a Building Permit.
For further information, please contact the City's Building Services or Planning Services on 9411 3444.
Download these Documents:
|BA1 - Building Permit Certified|
|BA7 - Notice of Completion|
|BA8 - Notice of Cessation|
|BA20 - Notice and Request for Consent to Encroach or Adversely Affect|
|Request for Property Owner Information|
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