Smoke alarm exemption for dwellings proposed for demolition

Western Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling. 

Changes to the Regulations that come into effect on 22 January 2018 provide an exemption for owners who are transferring ownership to a person intending to demolish the dwelling.

The incoming owner must  provide the Seller them with a declaration of intended demolition before the transfer of ownership.


A declaration of intended demolition is a statutory declaration made by the new owner, declaring they intend to demolish the dwelling within six months of the transfer day.

Contact Bailiwick Legal for more information or assistance with your statutory declaration and Property Transfer.

To read more about the Smoke Alarm Laws visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulations and Safety :  Smoke Alarm Laws

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