To obtain building approval, an application must be lodged with the permit authority that has responsibility for the area in which the building is (or is intended to be) located.
As a permit authority under the Building Act 2011 , the City controls the construction, occupation and demolition of buildings and incidental structures through the granting of building, demolition or occupancy permits and building approval certificates and the enforcement of compliance with permits.
Building permits are controlled by the Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2012. A permit is required for any building works involving the construction of structures, alterations or extensions and changes to ground levels. Works include (but are not limited to):
- Commercial buildings including fitouts and refurbishments
- Residential dwellings including additions and alterations
- Carports, sheds, garages and workshops
- Decking, patios, verandahs, gazebos and pergolas
- Swimming pools and spas
- Rainwater tanks
- Front fences and retaining walls.
A building permit must be obtained before commencing any building work. If you are unsure whether a building permit is required, please contact the City’s Building Services team on 9474 0777.
A demolition permit is required for the demolition, dismantling or removal of a building or incidental structure from properties in the City of South Perth.
An occupancy permit signifies that a building surveyor is satisfied that the completed building work is suitable for occupation and are required for some classes of building.
Obtaining copies of existing plans
If you own a property in the City, you can view and/or obtain a copy of the plans and approvals which relate to either the development approval or the issue of a building permit by making a formal request for a document archive search.
Please note that commercial archive search fees are payable for unit complexes of 5 units or more whether they are single storey, double storey or more. Any business that is operated from a residential property is also classed as Commercial.
Please refer to the fees and charges schedule at the bottom of this page.
Building permits issued by the City of South Perth
The City of South Perth provides monthly updates about building developments in the area to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. For information on building permits issued by the City's Building Services during the previous month, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.