Building Services Overview

Building Services

The Shire of Northam’s Building Services department ensures a safe built environment for the community through approving and monitoring all building activity on private land and public spaces. This is achieved through administering the requirements of the National Construction Code, Building Act 2011, Building Regulations 2012 and other statutory provisions, as applicable

In addition to assessing and issuing permits and certificates, we also offer:

Certification Services provided by the Shire:

  • Certificate of Design Compliance
  • Certificate of Construction Compliance (Class 2 – 9 only if CDC has been provided by the Shire's Building Surveyor)
  • Residential and Commercial Consultancy

Please refer to the relevant pages on this website for further information and please contact the Shire's building department on 9622 6100 if you require more assistance.

Building Commission

The Building Commission - Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety has published  A guide to the building approvals process in Western Australia which provides an overview of the building approvals process.

Among the sections included are:

  • the State’s building legislation
  • the various types of permits and application processes
  • exemptions from requiring a permit that may apply
  • building standards and certifying compliance
  • retrospective approval of unauthorised work
  • what to do if work will affect other land
  • The roles and responsibilities of those involved