The City of Albany's Building Services team is responsible for ensuring that State Government building regulations, for residential and business, are administered in accordance with the Building Code of Australia, and that relevant town planning requirements and local building laws are adhered to. Our team assists in protecting the community from major risks to life and property, and in ensuring the sustainability of our built environment. Our role in building services includes:

  • Assessing the key building risks and issuing permits,
  • Compliance,
  • Providing advice on building matters,
  • Building Certification.

We can assist you with submitting an application for:

Appointments maybe required with a Building Surveyor if our One Stop Shop team cannot assist with your enquiry.

The Building Commission have produced a document called 'A guide to the building approvals process' to assist you with the building approval process.

A building permit is required for all structures (residential, commercial or industrial) before any building work can be carried out. This includes (but is not limited to): new works, alterations, additions, swimming pools, spas (above and below ground), safety barriers and fencing for pools/spas, patios and sheds. A Building Permit must be issued prior to commencement of any work.

For residential (class 1 and 10) buildings you can apply for an uncertified building permit (BA2), and the City of Albany will complete the Certificate of Design Compliance (CDC) as part of the building permit process, or you can engage a private certifier to issue the CDC, and then apply for a certified building permit (BA1).

For commercial (class 2 to 9) buildings a CDC must be obtained, and a certified application (BA1) submitted.

For more information on submitting a building permit and fees see FAQ & Information Sheets.

For more information regarding the requirements of the Building Act 2011 and the Building Regulations 2012, including the building permit forms (BA1 and BA2), and Notices and Applications, please refer to the Building Commission website.

The City of Albany Seniors Committee initiated the Liveable Housing Guidelines in October 2012 to provide seniors with helpful information when planning to renovate or build a home. To find out more, please see our Accessible & Inclusive Communities Page.

Liveable Housing Design Guidelines (575KB) View File  OR   Download FileLiveable Housing Design Guidelines adopted by Council on 16 October 2012 Resolution 3.1.

The purpose of the guideline below is to provide information to assist the local Real Estate profession in relation to smoke alarms, safety barriers and building permits for spas, and a reminder that carports require building permits. For information on installing a swimming pool or spa, please view the Building Commission website.

Smoke Alarms, Swimming Pools & Spas and Carport Information Sheet (3MB) View File  OR   Download FileThe purpose of this guideline is to provide information regarding smoke alarms, safety barriers and building permits for swimming pools & spas, and clarify that carports require a building permit.