Council

The Kulin Shire Council exists to sustain, improve and develop the Kulin region through the provision and facilitation of infrastructure, services and opportunities in a manner which will instill community pride while giving a vibrant, socially and economically sustainable environment for businesses and families.

Building Approvals and Services

Shire of Kulin Building Enquiries

The Shire of Kulin utilises the services of Hayley Fegan for building matters. Enquiries and appointments can be directed to the Shire of Kulin on 08 9880 1204 or directly to Hayley on PH: 0438 740678 or Email: fbs@activ8.net.au

Building Commission Western Australia

Western Australia now has new legislation in relation to building laws. To find out more and for a complete list of all available Building Forms, please refer to the Building Commission website http://www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au/ 

New Building Act

The commencement of the Building Act 2011 on 2 April 2012 introduces a new building approval process for Western Australia. The Building Act and the Building Regulations 2012 replace the Building Regulations 1989 and much of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1960, and amends a range of associated acts.

A Building Permit is needed for most types of construction in the Shire. This includes:

  • New houses, alterations and additions;
  • Sheds/gazebo's/outbuildings 
  • Garages and Carports 
  • Patios .
  • Swimming Pools / Spa's
  • Farm sheds
  • Industrial and Commercial Buildings ( which may require prior Planning Approval)

To apply for a Building Permit an application form must be completed and submitted with scaled plans (normally certified by a structural engineer in the case of larger structures), written specifications and the appropriate fees to Council's Building Surveyor for consideration.

An Energy Efficiency Certification for Climate zone 4 will be required for new dwellings, major additions and some other types of building work. Please check with Council’s Building Surveyor if unsure.

Where a new septic system is proposed or changes are required to the existing system a Septic Tank Application is required.

If the total value of the work exceeds $20,000 a permit can only be issued to a registered builder or in some circumstances an owner builder. Please refer to the Building Commission website for additional information.

How do I get a building permit?

The commencement of the Building Act 2011 on 2 April 2012 introduces significant changes and options to the way in which you can obtain a Building Permit from a Permit Authority.

One of the more significant changes of the Act is that you will now be required to obtain a "Certificate of Design Compliance" from a Registered Building Surveyor before you can obtain a Building Permit. A Registered Building Surveyor can be a person who works for a Permit Authority, (such as Local Government) or who is privately employed.

The building fees payable to the Shire are:

 CLASS 1 AND 10 BUILDINGS ( DWELLINGS AND OUTBUILDINGS)

CERTIFIED BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FEE

Value of construction (inc GST) $ _______ x 0.19% =$__________ (minimum fee $97.70)

 UNCERTIFIED BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FEE

Value of construction (inc GST ) $______ x 0.32% = $_______ (minimum fee $97.70)

 CLASS 2-9 BUILDINGS (COMMERCIAL, fit outs, shops, warehouses, dwellings above another unit)

 CERTIFIED BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FEE

Value of construction (inc GST)  $_______ x 0.09% = $__________(minimum fee $97.70)

 UNCERTIFIED BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FEE

Value of construction (inc GST) $________ x 0 .2% = $_________(minimum fee $97.70)

BUILDING SERVICES LEVY

0.137% of est value, but not less than $61.65

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING FUND FEE LEVY (IF OVER $20,000)

Value of construction (inc GST) $_______ x 0.2% = $___________

Can I be an Owner-Builder?

Anyone who carries out 'builder' work valued over $20,000 must be a registered builder or an approved owner-builder before applying for a building permit from the local government.

Under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011, owner-builders are required to obtain approval from the Building Services Board, administered by the Building Commission, before obtaining a building permit to carry out owner-builder work on their land.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of their ownership of the land and demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of an owner-builder.

For more information please contact us

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