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Local Government Building Approvals

Recommendations

Under section 7.12A of the Local Government Act 1995, the 4 sampled LG entities are required to prepare an action plan addressing significant matters arising from the audit relevant to their entity. This should be submitted to the Minister for Local Government within 3 months of this report being received by the local government, and published on the LG entity’s website within 14 days after giving the report to the Minister. This action plan should address the recommendations below that are relevant to their entity.

  1. Albany, Gosnells, Joondalup and Mandurah should:
    1. require written declarations of interest from assessment staff, and ensure appropriate mitigation action is taken for any conflicts
    2. improve the transparency of their building control activities by providing information about permits, monitoring and enforcement activities, and building related complaints to B&E, community and industry stakeholders
    3. develop and implement a risk-based approach to monitor and inspect building works
    4. improve guidance to staff on how to prioritise and manage building related complaints and enforcement activities to resolve community concerns and non-compliance issues in a timely way.
  2. Joondalup and Mandurah should limit the authority and delegation to issue permits only to appropriately trained staff who assess and issue permits.
  3. Albany and Joondalup should only start, pause and stop the clock in accordance with the requirements of the Act.
  4. B&E should consult further with LG entities and stakeholders:
    1. on ways to assist LG entities to implement consistent practices
    2. to determine if it will progress or cease development of the centralised e-lodgement and assessment system.

Response: Agreed

Implementation timeframe: by December 2019

Page last updated: June 26, 2019

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