Building Application Requirements

Building Permits

Under the Building Act 2011 a building permit is required before commencement of most building work. Formal approval (a building permit) is required for any building work involving the development of new structures, alterations or extensions and changes in ground levels. These include:

  • Swimming pools, spas and barriers
  • Fences
  • Garden sheds
  • Verandahs
  • Gazebos
  • Garages
  • Workshops
  • Pergolas
  • Dwellings
  • Commercial buildings including fitouts and refurbishments
  • Industrial buildings
  • Changes to ground levels (eg, cutting and filling soil)
  • Retaining walls.

The Building Regulations 2012 details building work for which a Building Permit is not required. Although a building permit may not be required for all works, it does not exempt those works which may require Development Approval. If the total value of the work exceeds $20,000 a permit is issued to a registered builder or in some circumstances, an owner builder.

Upon issue of a Building Permit, works must be completed within 24 months of the date of issue or other time frame as specified by the Shire. It is important to ensure sufficient time for assessment of your Building Permit.

Further Information

For more comprehensive information please visit the website for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety: 

A Guide to the Building Approvals Process in WA

Shire of Gingin Offices


7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 5100

F: (08) 9575 2121



255 Vins Way
Lancelin WA 6044

T: (08) 9575 5155

F: (08) 9575 2121


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