Building and Renovating

Information on building application fees are available in the 2013/14 City of Kwinana Budget (Page 88).


A Building Permit is required regardless of the type of work to be carried out, this includes:
  • housing, commercial or industrial developments
  • garages
  • carports
  • roofed and unroofed patios
  • garden sheds; and
  • spas/swimming pools
To obtain a building permit it is necessary to submit a copy of detailed plans and specifications together with a Standard Application Form. Forms are available from Administration front counter or can be downloaded below.
Energy Efficiency

New dwelling and extensions are required to comply with the Energy Efficiency Provisions contained in the National Construction Code of Australia (NCC).

Please refer to the Energy Efficiency page for more information.

Demolition Licence

A Demolition Permit is required prior to the commencement of demolition for all housing, commercial and industrial developments, garages and carports and other significant structures. 
Sign Licence

A Building Permit is necessary prior to the erection of a sign other than some exempt signs as described in the Local Law.

To obtain a Building Permit it is necessary to submit to the City's Building Department a copy of sign construction, sign writing and the proposed location of the sign on the site together with a Standard Application Form.
Retaining Walls

The general rule is that a retaining wall is required where the original land level has been altered either by filling or excavation.

If both adjoining owners have altered the land at the boundary to some extent, then each party will be responsible for the construction and maintenance of the wall to the extent of the alteration caused by each owner.

If retaining walls are needed, then it is necessary that you include the retaining wall documentation with your application for the dwelling or other building as the case may be.

If the aggregate height of a retaining wall exceeds 500mm, then a building permit is required prior to construction. If the retaining wall/s exceeds 1000mm it must be designed and certified by a practicing structural engineer and a building permit is required.

Retaining walls must be constructed from a durable material. Masonry being brickwork, concrete limestone or the like material would be regarded as being a durable material. (Timber sleepers etc are not regarded as being a durable material).

Further information.



Floor Level Subject to Water Level

If you are building a dwelling or other habitable building in suburbs or locations zoned as Rural or Special Rural, it may be necessary that you contact Council's Health Department and Planning Department to establish the minimum floor level based on the high water table.

Generally the floor level should be not less than 2M over the high water table.

The water table may also affect the septic system which inadvertently may influence the pad height for the dwelling. Contact a Health Officer for further information regarding this matter on 9439 0200.



Requirements Specific to Suburbs


Bertram
Non reflective materials must be selected including your roofing material.

Marri Park and some lots in Anketell, Wandi and Wellard
Building Envelopes. All building work must be contained within the building envelope.

This is a special area set aside for building located within the cadastral boundaries. Other than Marri Park, Water tanks may be needed and if so needed, be located within the building envelope.

Homestead Ridge
Building Envelopes. All building work must be contained within the building envelope. This is a special area set aside for building located within the cadastral boundaries. Non reflective materials must be selected including your roofing material.