Building Permit Application

When a building permit is required

Before any building work can commence, a building permit is required for most residential, commercial and industrial structures including but not limited to:

Under the Building Act 2011, it is an offence to carry out building work without a valid building permit. Offenders may be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court by the City.

Important notes:
Property owners intending to undertake building works over the value of $20,000 must apply directly to the Building Commission for an Owner-Builder Approval. The Owner-Builder Approval must be submitted with your building permit application. 

If you are changing an existing crossover or constructing a new one, you will need to complete a Crossover Construction Application Form and submit it directly to the City’s Engineering Services Department for approval.

For more information and to access the form visit the Crossovers page.

Types of building permit applications - uncertified and certified

There are two types of building permit applications:

  1. Uncertified or Certified applications - Class 1 (Residential) and Class 10 (Non-Habitable) Buildings 
  2. Certified applications - Class 2 – 9 Buildings.

Certified building permit applications (BA1 Form)

A certified building permit application means that the plans and specifications of a proposed building have been assessed by a registered private building surveyor. The building surveyor will issue a Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) if the proposed structure complies with applicable building standards.

You will need to submit the CDC with all the plans and information certified by your private building surveyor with your building permit application.

The BA1 form is available below under 'Related documents'.

Uncertified building permit applications (BA2 Form)

An uncertified Building Permit application means that the plans and specifications for a proposed structure have NOT been assessed by a registered private building surveyor. Instead, the drawings and documents submitted with the application will be assessed by the City’s building surveyors.

The BA2 form is available below under 'Related documents'.

How to apply for a building permit

To obtain a building permit, you will need to complete and submit the relevant building permit application form, together with two copies of all plans and specifications to the City’s Building Services Department. The forms are available below under 'Related documents'.

Please note that the building permit application fee plus all associated State levies must be paid at the time of lodgement of your application.

The City will be unable to process your application without payment. This will delay the approval of your building permit application. In some instances, your unpaid application might even be returned to you.

Important note:
Links to all forms are provided below under 'Related documents'. Please note that the majority of these forms are published by the Building Commission. The City is unable to verify the accessibility of these forms.

Building permit assessment timeframes

  • Certified building permit applications: the City has 10 business days (excluding public holidays) to assess.
  • Uncertified building permit applications: the City has 25 business days (excluding public holidays) to make a determination.

The above timeframes are in accordance with the Building Act 2011.

Important notes:
If the City’s preliminary assessment of a certified or uncertified building permit application reveals that additional information is required, the City will send out a Further Information Request letter to the nominated builder or applicant. The builder or applicant has 21 calendar days to provide the requested information to the City.

Under the Building Act 2011, the City has the right to refuse an application if all required information is not provided within the stipulated 21-day timeframe. The City also has the right to retain the application fee.  

Building permit application fees

Refer to the Fees page for all planning and building related costs. Fees payable with the building permit application are based on the contract value of the proposed works (including GST).

If there is no contract, the estimated value of the works must include all material costs, labour costs, necessary services, fees payable, overheads, etc (as stipulated in the Building Regulations 2012).

Information for owner-builders

Property owners intending to carry out building works over the value of $20,000 must apply for approval as an owner-builder from the Building Services Board at the WA Building Commission. 

You can download an owner-builder application form and other information from the ‘Related Documents’ below. Alternatively, visit the Building Commission website. The Owner-Builder Approval application is to be submitted directly to the Building Commission. 

The Owner-Builder Approval must be lodged with your building permit application.

Forms

All forms are provided under the 'Related documents' list below.

Once building works have been completed, you will need to submit a Notice of Completion (BA7 Form) to the City. If for any reason works have ceased prior to completion, you will need to submit a Notice of Cessation (BA8 Form) to the City.

If your proposed building works are likely to adversely impact or encroach upon neighbouring properties, you will need to submit a completed Notice and Request for Consent to Encroach or Adversely Affect form (BA20 Form) signed by the affected adjoining property owner/s.

More information and contact

For more information on Building Permit applications, please contact the City’s Buildings Services Department on 08 9411 3444 or at customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au.

Useful links are also provided below:

Contact

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Po Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
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