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.