Calls for Full Private
Certification of Building Permits
The Property Council has made a
submission to the Minister for Commerce Michael Mischin calling for full
private certification to streamline regulatory requirements as well as reduce
the cost and time taken to process building permit applications.
Currently, the WA system only allows for
partial private certification of building permit applications meaning local
government authorities are required to double handle a certified application
and then issue the permit for an additional fee.
WA is arguably one of the most
over-regulated states in the country and this burden is a disincentive which is
The council fee is an unnecessary cost
additional cost of compliance at a time when the state government should be
incentivising the property industry to grow the economy.
Full private certification of building
permit applications to enable private certifiers to issue building permits will
streamline regulatory requirements as well as reduce the cost and time taken to
process permit applications.
This is particularly true for commercial
building projects where the costs can escalate into the hundreds of thousands
of dollars. What we need to see is a commitment from both parties contesting
next year’s State election to introduce full private certification to stop this
needless waste of money and time.
The change would bring WA into line with
other states, such as NSW and Victoria, and significantly streamline the
You can download the full submission at the link below.