Obtaining Approval to Build

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Obtaining Approval to Build

Once you have received Development Consent ​for a proposed development it will be necessary for you to obtain a Construction Certificate before you commence any building or subdivision work on site.

Construction Certificates

A construction certificate is a statement of intent that the proposed building or subdivision works are consistent with the development consent and relevant construction standards, such as the National Construction Code of Australia and Australian Standards.

The application must be accompanied by detailed plans and specifications and include sufficient information to demonstrate that the  works, when completed, will comply with the relevant standards. References to specific Australian Standards or relevant National Construction Code of Australia clauses within the specifications or on the plans may be sufficient to demonstrate compliance. A general reference to Australian Standards and the National Construction Code of Australia is not sufficient.

An application for a construction certificate may be lodged with Council at the same time as submitting a development application, however the construction certificate cannot be issued until development consent has been issued and any relevant conditions of consent have been resolved. Construction certificate applications lodged concurrent with the development application may require additional information in the event that the development assessment process requires changes to the development application.

Application for a construction certificate can be lodged either with Council or a private accredited certifier.

What is an Accredited Certifier?

Accredited certifiers are consultants accredited by the Building Professional Board. The Environmental Planning Assessment Act 1979 permits appropriately qualified and accredited persons to undertake tasks relevant to their level of accreditation including the issuing of construction certificates, complying development certificates, occupation certificates and undertaking critical stage inspections. An accredited certifier must have appropriate professional indemnity insurance.

Commencement of Building or Subdivision Works

After obtaining development consent and before commencement of building or subdivision works an applicant must appoint a principal certifying authority (PCA).

What is a Principal Certifying Authority?

The Council or a private accredited certifier may be appointed as the Principal Certifying Authority (PCA). The PCA is responsible for ensuring that the work is undertaken in accordance with the approved development consent, the plans and specifications approved under the construction certificate and relevant building regulations. An accredited certifier, appointed as the PCA, has a similar role and responsibility as that of the Council.

Where a private accredited certifier is appointed as the PCA you must advise Council, at least two days before work commences, of the PCA's name and the date when development works are to commence.

Occupation Certificate

Upon completion of the development works and prior to the occupation or use of the development you must first obtain an Occupation Certificate from the Principal Certifying Authority.