Building Applications

A building permit is required for all structures (residential, commercial or industrial) before any building work can be carried out.

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Houses, granny flats, additions and alterations 
  • Patios, verandahs, gazebos, pergolas and decks
  • Sheds,  garages, carports, workshops
  • Swimming pools, pool fencing, spas
  • Retaining walls
  • Shop fitouts, mezzanine floors, change of use (converting an office to a shop)
  • Commercial and industrial buildings 
  • Demolition of domestic and commercial buildings.

Lodging an application for a building permit

Certified Application (Class 1b and 2 to 9) 

A certified application is an application for a building permit which has already been certified by a registered Building Surveying practitioner and has been issued with a Certificate of Design Compliance.

Download helpful information, guides and application forms here

Uncertified Application  (Class 1a, 10a and 10b buildings only -being residential/domestic)

An uncertified application is an application where the application has not been certified by a registered Building Surveying practitioner, where the landowner seeks for a registered Building Surveying practitioner employed by the Shire to both assess the plans for compliance, and issue a Certificate of Design Compliance and also issue the building permit.

Download helpful information, guides and application forms here

Note:

If the total value of the work exceeds $20,000 a permit can only be issued to a Registered Builder or an Owner Builder (excluding swimming pools and retaining walls). 
To find out how to become an owner builder please visit the Building Commission website  

Fees 

Please refer to the adopted by the Council of Exmouth Fees and Charges

Legislation overview

The commencement of the Building Act 2011 on 2 April 2012 introduced a new building approval process for Western Australia bringing some significant changes to the building approvals process.

The Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2012 replaced the Building Regulations 1989 and much of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960.