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Public Buildings

Environmental Health Officers conduct regular inspections of public buildings within the City. A “public building” does not necessarily refer to a physical building but more so to a place where members of the public usually or occasionally assemble. It incorporates both permanent and temporary structures, as well as indoor and outdoor gatherings. The assembly of persons must be a formal rather than casual gathering and where the intention of the gathering is for the same period or purpose. 

Where a public building, either permanent of temporary, is to be constructed, extended or altered it must be assessed against the requirements of the Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992 and if applicable, a public building is to be approved in conjunction with a planning approval and building approval.

In order to submit a public building application scaled site plans, Form 1 - Application to construct extend or alter a Public Building, Form 2 - Application for Certificate of Approval must be provided together with the respective application fee. Where electrical work is conducted Form 5 - Certificate of Electrical Compliance must also be completed by the electrician responsible for the work. Public buildings are assessed based upon their type of use and must meet various requirements pertaining to fire safety, structural integrity, egress, electrical safety, sanitary facilities and compliant locking mechanisms.

Refer to Permitted Door Latches – Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992 for more information on permitted door latches. Once an application has been assessed the public building will be classified and issued with a Certificate of Approval stating the maximum occupancy.

For more information on temporary public buildings please refer to the Events section of the website. For more information on Public Buildings please contact the City’s Environmental Health Section on 9273 3500 or council@nedlands.wa.gov.au

Documents 
Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Certification of Structures form
Health Public Building Regulations 1997 Form 1 Application to Construct, Extend or Alter a Public Building
Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Certification of Structures form
Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Form 2 - Application for Certificate of Approval
Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Form 3 Application for Variation of Certificate of Approval
Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Form 5 - Certificate of Electrical Compliance
Permitted Door Latches – Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992
Public Building Prohibited Door Latch Devices – Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992

Documents

Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Certification of Structures form

Health Public Building Regulations 1997 Form 1 Application to Construct, Extend or Alter a Public Building

Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Form 2 - Application for Certificate of Approval

Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Form 3 Application for Variation of Certificate of Approval

Health Public Building Regulations 1997 - Form 5 - Certificate of Electrical Compliance

Permitted Door Latches – Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992

Public Building Prohibited Door Latch Devices – Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992