Public Buildings

Regular assessment of public buildings

The City regularly assesses facilities used by the general public such as churches, recreation centres, schools, pubs and function centres. These types of buildings are considered ‘public buildings’ by health legislation.

The assessments focus on the safety of the building, including:

  • Emergency exits and locking devices
  • Emergency lighting and proof of their regular maintenance
  • Provision and maintenance of fire extinguishers and hose reels
  • Emergency evacuation procedures
  • Provision and maintenance of public ablution facilities
  • Adequate ventilation of the building.

Temporary public buildings (events)

When organising an event in the City of Cockburn, you may be required to obtain approval to construct a temporary public building. A temporary public building may not necessarily refer to an actual building but rather the area within which the event is held, indoor or out.

A Public Building Event Application must be submitted two months prior for events up to 500 persons and three months prior for larger events.

Related Documents

Document name Downloadable files
Public Building Event Application FormPDF document

More information and contact

Please contact the City’s Health Services team for more information on public building regulations and temporary public building approvals on 08 9411 3444 or at [email protected]. Please contact the City to report an issue or make a complaint.



City of Cockburn
Whadjuk Boodja
9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Language Support

Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.