Property owners in Western Australia are being encouraged to share their opinion on ways to improve efficiencies of the state’s home building approval processes.
Building and Energy has called on local investors, local government and other industry stakeholders to contribute to a public consultation project by sharing their views on the effectiveness of current home building approval processes, and what can be done to bolster them, on its website.
The current WA model requires a building surveyor to verify that the proposed construction complies with the minimum prescribed building standards. A building permit must also be issued by the local government permit authority before work begins.
“The quality, safety and cost of building work is heavily influenced by the building approvals process,” Building and Energy A/Executive Director Saj Abdoolakhan said.
“Through this consultation, we are looking at whether approval processes for homes – referred to as single residential buildings – could be more effective, consistent and streamlined.
“We are especially interested in whether these processes are efficient or if there are unnecessary delays and additional costs. Likewise, are they effective in ensuring buildings comply with applicable standards and other safety considerations?”
Mr Abdoolakhan said the consultation was part of a wide-ranging suite of reviews into compliance and enforcement in the WA building industry, adding that one key discussion topic is whether inspections of building work should be compulsory.
“Many people may be unaware that there are no mandatory inspection requirements for single residential buildings,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.
“Although a permit authority can inspect the building work at any stage of construction, there is no obligation to do so.
“We welcome all feedback from stakeholders, particularly on the potential costs and benefits of the various options.”