Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Milestone for building industry

    30/03/2012 12:00 AM
    • Owners can use a private sector building surveyor to check compliance
    • Flexibility will reduce approval times
    A major plank of the Liberal-National Government’s modernisation of the State’s building industry will come into effect on April 2, 2012 when the Building Act 2011 becomes operational.

    “This is a significant milestone for Western Australia’s building industry and of course those people building new homes.  Outdated laws of more than 50 years standing are being replaced with modern and sustainable systems to benefit everyone,” Mr O’Brien said.

    “The Building Act provides the regulatory framework to deliver an effective and flexible building control system.  

    “Owners can choose to use a private sector building surveyor to check compliance with building standards or ask the local government to provide this service.  Local governments will still issue permits and enforce compliance.

    “This flexibility will make it easier to use innovative techniques in design and construction.

    “New standard application forms and prescribed time frames will deliver quicker and more predictable building approvals and give more certainty to builders and their clients.

    “The Building Commission has conducted information seminars across the State to ensure local governments are well informed and able to assist consumers and builders with the new system.

    “People thinking about building a new home should talk with their local government about how the changes may benefit them.

    “The Building Act provides a new transparent building approval process and modernises the regulatory framework to enforce compliance with building standards.

    “The State Government has delivered a balanced reform program to lead the nation in building innovation and better buildings for the WA community.”

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