Local Government Building Approvals

Auditor General's overview

In 2016, my Office tabled a report on the Regulation of Builders and Building Surveyors focussed on the Building Commission’s (now the Building and Energy Division within the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety) regulatory functions. This current audit recognises the important role that local government entities have to control building activities in their areas through approval of building permits, and monitoring and enforcement of compliance with those permits.

Report content

Executive Summary
The objective of this audit was to determine if local government entities effectively regulate residential building permits. Read more...
Recommendations
Under section 7.12A of the Local Government Act 1995, the 4 sampled LG entities are required to prepare an action plan...
Response from entities
All 4 LG entities supported the audit findings and generally accepted our recommendations. Read more...
Audit focus and scope
The audit focussed on the regulation of permits for new houses and major renovations requiring LG entity approval. Read more...
Audit finding - LG entities adequately assessed permit applications, but can improve their processes
All 4 LG entities ensured applications met the Act’s requirements before issuing a permit. Read more...
Audit finding - Most permits were issued on time
Between July 2016 and June 2018, the LG entities assessed applications and issued most permits within the required timeframes...
Audit finding - LG entities do not effectively monitor and enforce compliance with building permits
The LG entities carried out limited monitoring, inspections and enforcement to ensure building works complied with permits....
Appendix 1: Building permit application checklist
Information required to accompany certified and uncertified applications...
Appendix 2: Better practice principles
The following table shows key principles on which our audit focused. Read more...
Appendix 3: Full responses from audited entities
We appreciate both the OAG’s acknowledgement of what we are doing well, as a well as identifying some improvement opportunities....