Building Permit

Building Permit Applications

Step 1.Determine Whether a Building Permit is Required

While a building permit is generally required for building work involving the development of new structures, alterations or extensions and changes in ground levels, certain exceptions apply. 

Buildings Exempt from Building Permits(PDF, 131KB)

Step 2.Download an Application Form

Certified BA1

Uncertified BA2

A certified application is mandatory for Class 2-9 buildings e.g. shops, warehouses, offices.

An uncertified application can be used for Class 1 buildings e.g. dwellings and Class 10 structures (non-inhabitable) e.g. sheds, patios, retaining walls, swimming pools and the like.


What is the difference between Certified and Uncertified applications?

Certified application (BA1 Form): The plans and specifications for the proposed structure are assessed for compliance with the National Construction Code (NCC) by a registered private building surveyor who will also issue a Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC).

You will need to engage a registered private building surveyor to complete a Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) before the building permit application can be submitted to the Shire.

Uncertified application (BA2): The plans and specifications will be assessed by the Shire’s Registered Building Surveyor for compliance with the NCC and issue a CDC. 

An uncertified application is submitted directly to the Shire. The information and documentation lodged with the application will be assessed by a Registered Building Surveyor employed by the Shire.

Step 4.Submit Your Application to Us

In Person:

Please visit our Administration Office at 1915 Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra.

Bring along the:

  • Completed application form and checklist
  • Supporting documents
  • Payment - cash, card, cheque and money orders are accepted

Building Permit Fees and Charges(PDF, 89KB)

By Email:

Email your application to mailbag@murray.wa.gov.au, including the:

  • Completed application form and checklist
  • Supporting documents

Payment – once your application has been registered we will contact you to arrange payment.

Building Permit Fees and Charges(PDF, 89KB)

By Post:

Post your documents to PO Box 21, Pinjarra WA 6208.

Please ensure you include the:

  • Completed application form and checklist
  • Supporting documents
  • Preferred payment option - cheque or money orders are accepted

Building Permit Fees and Charges(PDF, 89KB)

Processing

We determine certified applications in 10 working days. If additional information is required we will contact you and continue to process your application once the information is received.  

Uncertified applications are determined within 25 working days.

If additional information is required we will contact you and continue to process your application once the information is received.  

Step 5.Permit Issuing

We will return your permit to you via email or post. 

Step 6.Notice of Completion

A notice of completion as well as relevant inspection or test certificates must be provided to us within seven days of completion of building works. 

The permit will specify what inspections or tests need to be undertaken. 

Step 7.Occupancy Certificate

For Classes 2 to 9 an occupancy certificate (BA9) is required prior to occupation of the building. 

This includes:

  • Occupying a completed new building or a new part of an existing building 
  • Occupying an incomplete building or part of a building on a temporary basis 
  • Modifying the current occupancy permit for additional use of a building on a temporary basis 
  • Occupying a building or part of a building that has undergone a permanent change of use or classification 
  • Authorising and occupying an unauthorised building or an unauthorised part of a building 
  • Authorising a building with existing approval with a new or replacement occupancy permit – this demonstrates that an existing building complies with the relevant building standards and is safe to occupy

Please submit the following with your application:

  • An approval required under the Health Act 1911 section 107(2)(a) or (b)
  • An approval required under the Planning and Development Act 2005
  • An approval required under the Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007 Part 2 Division 1
  • An approval required under the Local Government (Uniform Local Provisions) Regulations 1996 regulation 12(2)
  • Evidence of consent(s) from each affected owner where work encroaches onto or adversely impacts other land (if applicable
  • Payment of fee and levy (if applicable)

Building Permit Fees and Charges(PDF, 89KB)

A copy of the occupancy permit must be displayed at or near the principal entrance to the building so that it is clearly visible to people using the building.

If the building does not require an occupancy permit, you will require a building approval certificate (BA13).

building approval certificate (BA13) application must be accompanied by:

  • An approval required under the Health Act 1911 section 107(2)(a) or (b)
  • An approval required under the Planning and Development Act 2005
  • An approval required under the Health (Aquatic Facilities) Regulations 2007 Part 2 Division 1
  • An approval required under the Local Government (Uniform Local Provisions) Regulations 1996 regulation 12(2)
  • Survey plan identifying proposed lots and encroachments
  • Where applicable, evidence of consent(s) from each affected owner where work encroaches onto or adversely affects other land
  • Payment of fee and levy (if applicable)

Building Permit Fees and Charges(PDF, 89KB)

Are my Fees Refunded if my Application is Refused?

The application fees cover the cost of assessment, regardless of the outcome. 

Change of Builder or Contractor Details

The builder or contractor named on the permit will have to complete a notice of cessation (BA8) and submit the form to us via email, in person or post.

The owner of the building/structure will then need to advise us in writing for approval of a new responsible person to undertake the work approved under the permit.

Please submit the request to us in writing (email, post or in person). The request must include the:

  • Property address
  • Building or demolition permit number
  • Owner details
  • Contact details of the new responsible person
  • New builder’s registration number (if applicable) or demolition contractor’s Worksafe licence number
  • Owner-builder approval number (if applicable)
  • Signature of the new builder or contractor

The permit will be suspended from the receipt of the notice of cessation until the new responsible person is approved. 

No fee applies.

Home Indemnity Insurance

Home Indemnity Insurance is required for residential building work exceeding $20,000 in value. Owners should ensure that builders/contractors have a valid insurance policy in place.

Variations During Construction

Circumstances may bring about variations to plans and specifications.

If these variations affect compliance with the building standards a certificate of design compliance (BA3) and a new building permit may be required. Fees apply.

Building Permit Fees and Charges(PDF, 89KB)

 The new building permit may cover only the changes, as the existing permit covers the other works.  

If there are substantial changes or variations, a new building permit may be required. This ensures that an accurate building record is maintained.

Please contact our Building department to discuss your situation:

What is the Duration of a Building Permit?

We set the validity of a permit depending on the circumstance.  If this is not set out in the permit, the default is two years.

If a project takes longer than expected, an application to extend the permit (BA22) can be submitted to us via the methods specified above. Fees apply. 

Building Permit Fees and Charges(PDF, 89KB)