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COVID-19 Information

Council Building Certifiers will continue to carry out building inspections as normal while construction sites remain open. We have introduced measures to ensure we meet requirements for social distancing.

There are several different types of development.

Before you proceed with any development, whether it be building a new home, renovating your old home, subdividing land, or putting in a swimming pool, you need to know what development category the work you are about to undertake falls into. 

You also need to determine whether your development needs other types of approvals.

Regionally significant developments may also be determined by a Joint Regional Planning Panel.

This information will guide you on how to proceed with your development and whether or not the development requires approval from Council. 

Council and experienced consultants can help you in preparing your application.

From 1 January 2021 the following list of development related applications and post consent certificates (where Council is the appointed Principal Certifier) must be, by law submitted online to Coffs Harbour City Council through the NSW Planning Portal

  • Development Applications (DA)
  • Application to modify a DA
  • Request to review a DA
  • Complying Development Certificate Applications
  • Construction Certificate Applications
  • Application for Occupation Certificates
  • Civil Works / Subdivision Construction Certificates
  • Subdivision Certificates

Please Note: These applications will no longer be accepted in person at Council’s customer service counters from 1 January 2021.

For more information, see council’s Lodging your Development Application webpage.


Development requiring the submission of a development application will generally require you to also obtain a construction certificate prior to undertaking any building or subdivision works.

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

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

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. Specific references to Australian Standards or relevant National Construction Code clauses within the specifications or on the plans instead of detailed plans may be sufficient to demonstrate compliance (reference to general compliance with Australian Standards and the National Construction Code 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 application will not be considered 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. 

Council or a private accredited certifier may issue construction certificates.

After obtaining development consent and before commencement of building or subdivision works an applicant must appoint a certifying authority, have a Construction Certificate, Complying Development Certificate and have submitted a Notice of Commencement Form.

​Accredited certifiers are building surveyors accredited by The Builders Professionals Board. The Environmental Planning and 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, occupation certificates and undertaking critical stage inspections. An accredited certifier must have appropriate professional indemnity insurance and may be Council or private.

​The Council or a private accredited certifier may be appointed as the Certifying Authority (CA). The CA is responsible to ensure 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. A private accredited certifier, appointed as the CA, has a similar role and responsibility as that of the Council. 

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

​As a Coffs Harbour City Council certification client you will enjoy the benefits of working with an experienced accredited and local certifier with a proactive and common sense approach to assist in guiding you through the building certification process. 

We provide a fast and professional certification service, carryout inspections on every working day of the year (reports sent directly to your inbox) and are available via email and mobile phone to answer all your questions. 

Our aim is to provide a customer centric, efficient and professional service on every project regardless of the size, scale or complexity to ensure the success of your project. 

Meet our team: 

Mark Hutchinson - Coordinator 

Trevor Burrell - Complying Development 

Andrew Knott - Certifier 

Joshua Rees - Certifier 

Contact us today on 02 6648 4555.

Upon completion of the development works and prior to occupation you must obtain an Occupation Certificate from the Principal Certifier.