Planning permits and building permits are different and controlled by different laws and regulations. You may need a permit from planning or building, or both.
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Western Australian Legislation (Building Act 2011) a building permit is required before commencement of most building work. The permit ensures the building is structurally safe and complies with regulations.
A permit is required for any work involving the development of new structures or alterations including:
- dwellings and additions
- carports, patios, sheds, garages
- front fences, retaining walls
- rainwater tanks
- swimming pools and spas.
A planning approval is a legal document giving permission for a land use or development.
The development or use could be anything from demolishing or extending your house, running a business from home, to earthworks, keeping livestock or clearing native vegetation.
Planning decisions take into account the impact a new building or land use will have on the community.