Commercial Buildings

Commercial building work generally requires a Building Permit prior to commencing the work. The first step is to apply for a Certificate of Design Compliance (BA3) either at the Shire of Northam (Shire) or with a Private Building Certifier/Surveyor. Once a Certificate of Design Compliance has been issued then a Building Permit Application is required to be submitted to the Shire with all the correct documentation for the issue of the Building Permit. Refer to the Building Permit page.

Commercial developments may require referral to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), depending on the size and class of the building, prior to the issue of a Certificate of Design Compliance by a Building Surveyor. Generally the building surveyor will lodge the plans with DFES.

Once a commercial development has been completed, a Notice of Completion must be submitted to the Shire, within 7 days, along with the required Certificates. The building cannot be occupied until an Occupancy Permit (BA10) has been issued. To obtain an Occupancy Permit, first a Certificate of Construction Compliance (BA17) must be obtained either from the Shire or from a Private Building Surveyor. Once a Certificate of Construction Compliance has been obtained then an Occupancy Permit Application (BA9) is required to be submitted to the Shire for the issue of an Occupancy Permit (BA10).

The building can only be occupied once an Occupancy Permit has been issued for the building.

Occupancy Permit Flowchart

Go to the Building Commission’s Website for a list of Private Building Surveyors.

Unauthorised Commercial Buildings

An Occupancy Permit (BA10) is required for buildings constructed since the introduction of the Building Act 2011.

Should a building/structure be built without a building permit, the Building Act 2011 does not permit the Shire to issue one retrospectively. The Shire can however issue an Occupancy Permit for an unauthorised building/structure, conditional upon compliance with relevant legislation, standard building construction practices, the Building Code of Australia, Health, Planning and Engineering requirements.

An application for a Occupancy Permit (BA9) for an unauthorised building is to be submitted with a Certificate of Building Compliance (BA18) issued by a Private Building Surveyor. 

Please contact the Shire’s Building Surveyor if you require any help or advice to ensure a smooth process.