When is a Building Permit required?
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River ensures that all building construction that occurs within Shire boundaries, complies with relevant laws and standards, mostly set out in the Building Act 2011.
A building permit is required for all structures (residential, commercial or industrial) including but not limited to new works, alterations, additions, swimming pools, spas (below and above ground), pool safety barriers / fence for pools & spas, patios, retaining walls and sheds.
The types of building work that do not require a Building Permit, is outlined in Schedule 4, item 2 of the Building Regulations 2012 (see page 105). Please review the regulations to confirm if you need a Building Permit. If you are unsure, please contact the Shire.
If you require Planning Approval, this must be obtained prior to applying for a Building Permit.
If you intend to undertake the building works yourself ie. you don’t have a Registered Builder, and the value is over $20,000, you must apply for Owner-Builder Approval first. The Owner-Builder Approval must be submitted with the Building Permit application.
It is an offence under the Building Act 2011, to carry out building work without a valid Building Permit.