Building Surveyor

What is a Building Surveyor?

A Building Surveyor (building certifier, private certifier or private building surveyor) is a trained professional working in the community’s best interest to make sure buildings are safe, accessible and energy efficient. A Building Surveyor specializes in the interpretation of the Building Code of Australia and the Australian Standards referenced within it.

Almost all structures in the built environment require a building permit and therefore require a Building Surveyor. The Sydney Opera House, the Perth Bell Tower, the local shops, your house, carport, pool, spa or your outbuilding all had a Building Surveyor involved at some stage of the design and approval process. Before you start your next project you should have a chat to a Building Surveyor to see if a permit is required and how they can assist you.

A Building Surveyor can also carry out inspections of properties for various reasons including dilapidation reports, unauthorized building approvals, compliance audits for insurance and inspections for strata titles.

A Building Surveyor in a senior position also needs to have a thorough working knowledge of the Building Act of the jurisdiction that they operate in. With this knowledge they are able guide you through some of the complexities of the legislation and also of course to assess plans to ensure compliance is met.

Currently for a Western Australian Building Surveyor the legislation that applies is:
The National Construction Code Volume 1 and 2,
Over 100 Australian Standards,
State Planning Policy 3.1 and Local Planning Policies,
The Building Act 2011; and
The Building Regulations 2012.

Having a knowledgeable Building Surveyor working for you can save you time and money during design and development of your next project. Here at Green Start Consulting we have the experienced staff to make sure your next project goes smoothly, efficiently and to schedule. We are able to consult on your projects to ensure designs are on track from the beginning, avoiding costly mistakes at the end.

Feel free to Contact Us for any further inquiries.

Building Surveyor Contractor Registration numbers 65 & 434.

Our Principal Building Surveyor

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James Terenciuk

Director | Building Surveyor

Basically, if you want to build something in Western Australia I can help.

Gone are the days of being put through the wringers by the local government, Private Building Surveyors like myself can now assess and approve your applications quickly and with a minimum of fuss.

If you would like some advice on your project or would like to submit your next project to us – send an email to

I also have a blog with advice on building in WA, which can be found at which will hopefully continue to be updated on a semi-regular basis.


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