Building Legislation and Policies

Definition of building

The term building includes a fence, mast, antenna, retaining or freestanding wall, swimming pools, carport, pergola, garage, shed, dwelling, office, shop, factory, warehouse, public building and the like.

Building legislation

All construction of buildings on land within the Shire of Harvey is subject to compliance with the Building Act 2011, Building Regulations 2012, the Building Code of Australia and other statutory provisions as applicable.

Prior to the commencement of any earthworks, construction, alterations or additions, the person causing the works to be carried out must lodge an application for a building permit, have paid the appropriate fee and have been issued with a building permit.

Whilst the Shire is reluctant to take action against its ratepayers, offences against the Building Act 2011 will not be condoned. However, the Shire does acknowledge that unauthorised structures do exist and generally become an issue at the time of sale of a property. Under certain circumstances, the Shire is prepared to retrospectively approve these types of structures, subject to compliance with relative legislation and payment of fees for certification.

Building a home in challenging times

The WA building industry is currently impacted by an Australia-wide shortage of building materials and skilled workers, which is affecting project timeframes and costs. This is not unique to WA and is happening across the world.  

Building and Energy has produced a guide Building a home in challenging times to help consumers understand the current challenges, why they are happening and the protection laws that are in place to help.

Online information is also available on price increases to home building work contracts and when these are permitted. Visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website for further information. 

Building policies

The following building policies have been prepared for property owners, builders and the Shire, to ensure a consistent approach is taken and to maintain a high quality of construction within the Shire of Harvey.

More information and contacts

For more information please contact us.

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