Demolition & renovations

Application for Demolition Permit (redirects to Building Commission webpage)

If you have bought a property in the Shire of Chittering with an existing house that you intend to demolish or renovate, there may be certain things you need to do before you do.

All structures except domestic outbuildings (sheds, patios etc.) require a Demolition Permit before they can be demolished.

Renovations usually only require a Building Permit (when effecting a building structurally) but may require a Demolition Permit should the building be commercial or the renovation involves the removal of asbestos.

Asbestos sheeting: The dangers of demolition and renovations

ADVICE NOTE: The Risks of Asbestos Around Your Home

There have been several instances within the Shire of Chittering of the illegal demolition of asbestos buildings and of illegal dumping of the asbestos waste in reserves.

The Shire of Chittering will not tolerate the illegal demolition or disposal of Asbestos sheeting.

The Building Act 2011 states the penalty for demolition without a Demolition Permit is a fine of up to $50,000.00. The Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 have a penalty of up to $10,000.00 for illegal dumping of asbestos with on the spot fines of up to $2,000.00 for activities such as breaking or cutting asbestos.

The purpose of a Demolition Permit is to ensure buildings are demolished in a manner that does not cause harm to the owners of the property, the demolition workers and surrounding neighbours. It also ensures all waste is disposed of in a responsible manner.

Owners or demolition contractors that intend to demolish a building must obtain a valid Demolition Permit or a photocopy of such before a demolition can proceed.

Asbestos sheeting has not been manufactured since 1990 yet disease from exposure to asbestos is increasing even among younger ones that have never worked with the product. Each year, around 2,120 people are hospitalised in Australia and 145 people die in WA due to poor safety measures when handling asbestos during demolition and construction.

Buildings are also being vandalised. The resulting broken asbestos sheets or burnt asbestos exposes the vandals and neighbours to the disease causing fibres.

If you are considering renovating, it is imperative for the safety of yourself and family that all applicable safety measures are implemented. Please read the Advice note: The Risks of Asbestos Around Your Home above.