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Do I Need a Building Permit?

Building permits are required for the construction of new buildings and structures including additions and alterations to existing buildings.

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General work that will require a building permit includes:

  • Swimming pools and spas
  • Swimming pool security barriers
  • Sheds, garages, and workshops (some exemptions apply)
  • Patios, verandahs, gazebos, and pergolas (some exemptions apply)
  • Retaining walls in excess of 500mm in height
  • Residential dwellings
  • Additions and alterations to residential dwellings, including granny flats
  • Commercial buildings, including fit-outs and refurbishments
  • Industrial buildings
  • Water tanks with a capacity over 5000 litres
In most cases where the total value of the work exceeds $20,000, a permit can only be issued to a registered builder or in some circumstances an owner builder. More information is available at the Building Commission website.
Before applying for a building permit, you are required to obtain a Certificate of Design Compliance from a registered Building Surveyor. A Registered Building Surveyor can be a person who works for a Permit Authority, (like the Shire) or one who is privately employed. At this point in time the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale will only issue these Certificates of Design Compliance for buildings classed 1a, 10a, 10b and 10c. Where an independent building surveyor is engaged for the certification service an applicant will have the certifier’s fees and the local government fees to pay.

Application Checklists

The following checklists will assist you with lodging your application. Please ensure that you forward all relevant information with your application, so that we can process it in a timely manner.


Residential Applications

Building permit applications may be lodged with the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale as either a certified application, or an uncertified application. Certified applications will require a Certificate of Design Compliance from a registered independent Building Surveyor contractor. The Shire’s building surveyors will be responsible for issuing Certificates of Design Compliance for uncertified applications. The Shire is the authority for issuing Building Permits for proposed building works within its jurisdiction.

Commercial and Industrial Applications

All commercial and industrial applications will need to lodge a certified application, and will require a Certificate of Design Compliance from a West Australian registered independent Building Surveyor contractor.

Processing Applications

Uncertified Applications

It can take up to 25 business days from the date of lodgement to determine an uncertified application.
During the assessment period, if the Shire determines that further information is required the applicant will be contacted and requested to provide the outstanding information. Where it is determined that a Development Approval is required an applicant may request that their building application is placed on hold pending the outcome of the Development Application. Building Permits cannot be issued if Development approval is required.

Certified Applications

It can take up to 10 business days from the date of lodgement to determine a certified application.

During the assessment period, if the Shire determines that further information is required the applicant will be contacted and requested to provide the outstanding information. Where it is determined that a Development Approval is required an applicant may request that their building application is placed on hold pending the outcome of the Development Application. Building Permits cannot be issued if Development approval is required.

Notices of Completion, Certificates of Building Compliance and Occupancy Certificates

Upon the completion of all works for which a building permit has been issued the nominated builder(s) are required to provide the Shire within 5 working days, a notice of Completion.

Builders of grouped dwellings (class 1a) are required to also provide the Shire with a Certificate of Building Compliance along with the Notice of Completion before the dwellings may be occupied.

All builders responsible for the construction of commercial works are required to provide the Shire with a Notice of Completion and a Certificate of Construction Compliance before any commercial or industrial building can be occupied.

Single dwellings and incidental structures (Classes 1a, 10a, 10b and 10c) do not require occupancy certificates.


Stormwater and Easement Requirements

Stormwater is surface water that originates during rains.

Property owners have a statutory obligation under common law precedents and a section in the Local Government Act 1995 to confine stormwater within their boundaries. 

This can be achieved by collecting stormwater in rainwater tanks, by delivering it to soakwells within your property or where available by making a connection to piped stormwater infrastructure. 

Please see information notes below for additional information and requirements.


Information Notes