Building Permits, Applications and Forms

Overview

A building permit is required prior to commencing construction for most structures (residential, commercial or industrial) including but not limited to new works, additions, alterations, commercial fitouts and refurbishments, changes to ground levels, swimming pools, spas and pool barriers.

There are 2 different types of building permit applications:

The applicant provides details of the person responsible for the work, ie the builder in the application form. The builder takes responsibility for ensuring the construction complies with the applicable building standards and the provisions in the building permit.

The Town of East Fremantle uses the services of a part-time Sub Contractor Building Surveyor.

Building Fact Sheet

Certified Application for a Building Permit

certified application must be accompanied by a signed Certificate of Design Compliance and can be made for any class of building and incidental structure.

Applications for Class 1b and Class 2 to Class 9 buildings must be made as Certified applications whereas this is optional for Class 1a and 10 buildings and incidental structures.

An independent building surveyor is appointed by the applicant to check the proposal and provide a Certificate of Design Compliance for lodgement with the permit authority along with other relevant documentation.

The permit authority has 10 business days to decide on a Certified application.

Uncertified Application for a Building Permit

An Uncertified application is submitted to the permit authority without a Certificate of Design Compliance and can only be made for Class 1a and Class 10 buildings and incidental structures.

In the application process, the Town's contract building surveyor will assess the building plans and issue a Certificate of Design Compliance after the application is received. 

The Town has 25 business days to decide on an uncertified application. If further information is required before approval, the Town will notify the applicant and the applicant will have 21 working days to provide the information. 

Uncertified applications can include the following class types:

  • Class 1A - house, alterations and additions
  • Class 10A - shed, garage, carport, patio and pergola
  • Class 10B - boundary fence, retaining wall and swimming pools 

Demolition Permit

  • A demolition permit is required prior to the demolition of any major structure. 
  • A permit is not required for the demolition of incidental structures such as patios, pergolas and garden sheds.
  • If the demolition works is likely to encroach or adversely affect adjoining land, you will be required to notify and gain consent of the adjoining land owner(s) prior to demolition permit being granted and the work commencing.
  • Development approval may be required if demolition works are located in a heritage-protected place. 

Please note: A demolition permit cannot be issued until a development approval has been granted (where required). 

Application Requirements

To obtain a Demolition Permit, the Town requires the submission to include the following:

Demolition Permit Application Form and Fees

Demolition Permit Application Form must be completed and signed by all property owners and the demolition contractor. 

The permit fee must be included with your application. 

Demolition Fee Calculator July 2022

Infrastructure Bond and Verge Inspection Fee  

Payment of a $5000 Infrastructure Bond is required for a Demolition Permit to be issued.  

The bond is refundable upon completion of works and restoration of all Town property prior to application.  

Please note the Town will undertake a site inspection prior to Council approval to refund the bond. The fee for this inspection is $75 and is required to be paid prior to inspection.  

Site Plan (with existing building/s and scale)

Details of buildings to be demolished and retained (partial demolition only) are to be provided.

Rat Bait Certificate

A Letter or Certificate from a Pest Inspector confirming the property has been rat baited. Rat baiting is required to be undertaken in all the main structures to be demolished. 

Disconnection of services

All services are required to be disconnected prior to the issue of a Demolition Permit including Alinta Gas, Western Power, Water Corporation and Telstra. 

BCITF Levy Form or BCITF receipt

The Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF) is only required to be paid for applications with a contract value that is over $20,000 (cost of development including GST). Please pay directly to BCITF and supply a receipt from BCITF as proof of the payment. The forms are available from BCITF or from front reception at the Town office. 

Certificate of Title

A Certificate of Title is an official land ownership record and gives you:

  • current ownership details
  • volume and folio
  • survey plan number and type
  • document numbers for encumbrances and notifications
  • whether there is a caveat against the title.

You can order a copy of the Certificate of Title from Landgate 

Demolition of Buildings Containing Asbestos

Demolition of buildings containing asbestos are required to have the asbestos removed in accordance with the requirements of the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1994.  

Submit application:

Applications can be lodged by:

Application Forms and Guides

Building Application Forms 

Please see below the list of forms - click on the title of the form to download.  These forms are updated from time to time by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety. 

For all enquiries, please contact the Town's Regulatory Services section on (08) 9339 9339 or email admin@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au 

BA1 – Application for building permit certified

BA2 – Application for building permit uncertified

BA3 – Certificate of Design Compliance

BA5 – Application for demolition permit

BA7 – Notice of completion

BA8 – Notice of cessation

BA9 – Application for occupancy permit

BA13 – Application for building approval certificate

BA19 – Request to amend builder’s details

Building Act Guidance Note - Amending a building permit or builder's details

BA20 – Notice and request for consent to encroach or adversely affect

BA20A – Notice and request for consent for protection structures, party walls, removal of fences, access to land

BA22 – Application to extend time – building or demolition permit

BA23 – Application to extend time – occupancy permit or building approval certificate

BA24 – Application for modification or non-application of building standards

Other Related Application Forms 

Application for materials on verge permit

Checklists 

Certified Building Application Checklist

Uncertified Building Application Checklist

Unauthorised Works Checklist

Building Guides and publications

A guide to the building approvals process

Guide to lodge a Certified application

Guide to lodge an Uncertified application

Guide to lodge a Demolition permit application

Guide to lodge an Occupancy permit application

Work affecting other land  

Changing your roof cover?

Fees and charges

Planning & Building Fee Calculator 2022

Demolition Fee Calculator 2022

Unauthorised Works Fee Calculator 2022

Building fees schedule 2022/23

Building Credit Card Authorisation Form

How to submit a building or demolition application

Applications can be lodged by:

Infrastructure Bonds

Payment of an Infrastructure Bond is required for all Building and Demolition Permits issued. The following bond is payable:

Value of works under $20,000 - $1,500 bond

Value of works $20,001 - $100,000 - $3,000 bond

Corner lot or value of works $100,001 - $2 million - $5,000 bond

Value of works over $2 million - Price based on replacement costs of adjacent Council assets, calculated by Executive Manager Technical Services 

Demolition - $5,000 bond

The bond is refundable upon completion of works and restoration of all Town property prior to application.  To apply for the bond refund a Bond Refund Request Form is to be completed and submitted with a Notice of Completion BA7 Form.

Please note the Town will undertake a site inspection prior to Council approval to refund the bond. The fee for this inspection is $75 and is required to be paid prior to inspection.  To make a payment, contact the Town of East Fremantle via phone (08) 9339 9339.

Infrastructure Bond Refund Request Form

BA7 Notice of Completion   

After construction 

Notice of completion 

The builder or demolition contractor must submit a Notice of Completion (BA7) to the Town within 7 working days of completion of works. 

This established the end date of the building permit for compliance and signifies that the builder or demolition contractor is no longer responsible for the building. 

Submitting a Notice of Completion 

A Notice of Completion (BA7) can be submitted by email to admin@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au

Materials on Verge Permit

The Town has the authority to allow the use of the City's road reserve for the storage of certain materials including conditions on how the verge area is used. 

It is an offence to place anything in the verge area without the Town's approval. To obtain approval to use the verge during building, demolition or development works, please complete an Application to Place Materials on Verge Permit.

A minimum fee of $100 will be charged for a verge permit and is valid for 3 months from the date of approval.

Please note that a verge permit will only be issued where there is limited space due to the size of the lot or the nature of the building design. 

Occupancy Permit 

What is an Occupancy Permit?

An occupancy permit grants approval for a building to be occupied or used. Details of the Occupancy Permit or a copy must be displayed at or near the main entrance to the building, clearly visible to occupiers and visitors to the building. 

It is an offence under the Building Act 2011 (the Act) to occupy a building without a valid Occupancy Permit. Substantial penalties apply under the Act and Building Regulations 2012 for non-compliance with this requirement.

When do I need to obtain an Occupancy Permit?

Before a Class 2 to Class 9 building can be occupied, an Occupancy Permit must be obtained from the Town. The following circumstances will require an Occupancy Permit:

  • To occupy a completed new building or a new part of an existing building
  • To occupy an incomplete building or part of a building on a temporary basis
  • To modify a current Occupancy Permit for additional use of a building on a temporary basis
  • To occupy a building or part of a building that has undergone a permanent change of use or classification
  • To authorise and occupy an unauthorised building or an unauthorised part of a building
  • To authorise a building with an existing approval with a new or replacement occupancy permit.

Occupancy Permits for new buildings

To apply for an Occupancy Permit for new completed buildings, the following must be submitted:

  • BA9 - Application for occupancy permit
  • A Certificate of Construction Compliance (Form BA17) signed by a registered private building surveyor
  • Evidence of approval from various authorities under written law as relevant to the building or incidental structure
  • Prescribed fees, refer to schedule of fees 

Occupancy Permits for existing authorised occupied buildings

Before an Occupancy Permit can be issued for an existing authorised building, the following information must be submitted:

  • BA9 - Application for occupancy permit
  • A Certificate of Building Compliance (Form BA18) signed by a registered private building surveyor confirming that the existing building has been inspected and it complies with all applicable building standards it was approved under
  • Prescribed fees, refer to schedule of fees

Occupancy Permits for existing unauthorised buildings 

To enable the Town to issue a retrospective Occupancy Permit for an existing unauthorised building and/or change of use, the following information must be submitted:

  • BA9 - Application for occupancy permit
  • A Certificate of Building Compliance (Form BA18) signed by a registered private building surveyor confirming that the building has been inspected and it complies with all current applicable building standards
  • Prescribed fees, refer to schedule of fees 

Submit an Occupancy Permit application

A building must be completed with all services (i.e. electrical, mechanical, fire and hydraulic services) installed and operational before an Occupancy Permit application is submitted to the Town. Please note that technical certificates from specialists and trades may be required to be lodged with your application. Please consult with your registered private building surveyor.

Timeframe

The Town has 10 business days to make a decision on an Occupancy Permit application. In some instances, a further information request letter will be sent to the nominated builder or applicant if the Town determines that additional information is required. The builder/applicant has 21 calendar days to provide the requested information. The Occupancy Permit application would be put on hold pending the submission of the requested information. If the additional information is not received within the 21 day time frame, the Town has the right to refuse the application and retain the application fee.

Sea Container Placement Permit

If you wish to temporarily place a sea container on a Town verge, you will need to obtain a Sea Container Placement Permit. 

The permit fee is $50.35.

A new fee of $12.80 will be charged for a Sea Container Permit Extension.

Sea Container Placement Permit Application Form - please ensure this is completed and submitted prior to a Sea Container being delivered on site.   

Skip Bin Permit

If you require a Skip Bin on site at any time not just during building construction you can apply for a permit.  The permit fee is $50.35.

A standard permit will be issued for a maximum of 4 weeks. 

An extension may be requested and a new fee of $12.80 will be charged for a Skip Bin Permit Extension. The extension will be conditional after an inspection of the area.

Skip Bin Permit Application Form - please ensure this is completed and submitted prior to a Skip Bin being delivered on site.  

Please allow up to four business days for your application to be processed.   

Form can be emailed to admin@eastfremantle.wa.gov.au