Public Building Safety

Learn about public building safety, how to report a concern, and requirements for running an event in a public building. 

Definition of public buildings

Facilities such as churches, recreation centres, schools, pubs, and function centres within the City are classified as ‘public buildings’. 

Safety checks of public buildings

The City performs regular safety checks on public buildings.  

Key aspects checked include: 

  • Proper emergency exits and locking devices 

  • Functional emergency lighting with evidence of its regular maintenance 

  • Installation and maintenance of fire extinguishers and hose reels 

  • Clear emergency evacuation procedures 

  • Upkeep of public washroom facilities 

  • Adequate building ventilation. 

Report a safety concern

If you have concerns or complaints about a public building's safety, please notify the City via the Public Health Complaint Form, or call us. 

Hosting an event in a public building?

If you're planning an event within the City of Cockburn, approvals may be necessary if constructing a temporary public building. This term doesn't always refer to a physical building but could also indicate the event's location, be it inside or outdoors. 

Submission deadlines for event applications: 

  • For events hosting up to 500 attendees: 2 months in advance 

  • For larger events: 3 months in advance. 

To apply, please complete and submit the form below: 

More information and contact

Please contact the City’s Health Services team for more information on public buildings on 08 9411 3444 or at [email protected]



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Spearwood 6163

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Western Australia, 6965

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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
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We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past and present.