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Construction certificates

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Construction certificates

What is a Construction Certificate?

A Construction Certificate is essentially a building approval which certifies that:

  • the work you intend to carry out complies with the National Construction Code (BCA)
  • the design and construction work as depicted in the plans and specification you submit is not inconsistent with the development consent
  • any conditions of development consent that must be complied with before a construction certificate is issued have been met
  • security deposits required as a condition of consent has been provided
  • any monetary contributions required as a condition of consent have been paid
  • structural strength and fire protection matters have been satisfied, in the case of a change of building use or alterations to an existing building

When is a Construction Certificate required?

A construction certificate is required after development consent is issued and before any building work is carried out. Building work means any physical activity and includes site preparation such as excavation and/or the removal of trees, and/or the erection of a building including alterations and additions.

A construction certificate is not required for complying development where building details are covered by a Complying Development Certificate (CDC). Further information about CDCs can be found at this page.

When are you able to apply for a Construction Certificate?

A construction certificate can be applied for once detailed plans (i.e. for construction), specifications and/or engineering details have been prepared.

There are two options for lodging an application:

  • A construction certificate can be applied for at the same time as lodging a development application. This would be applicable for most development proposals where consideration of the development application is unlikely to require modification to the construction drawings and the level of detail of plans and specifications is sufficient to enable endorsement for construction.
  • An application can be lodged after development consent has been obtained. This option would be more suitable for complex proposals.

What information is required with a Construction Certificate application?

  • Detailed plans and building specifications are required to determine if the proposed building will comply with the development consent and relevant building codes.
  • An owner-builder seeking approval for residential work that exceeds $10,000 must apply for a permit from the Department of Fair Trading. A copy of the permit must be supplied with the application.'
  • Licensed builders undertaking residential work exceeding $20,000 must obtain a 'Home Building Compensation Fund'.
  • A copy of the insurance certificate must be supplied with the application or prior to the first critical stage inspection taking place.
  • A BASIX Certificate.

Council's Construction Certificate Checklist can be found on this page under the 'Building-related applications' heading.

What else is required before work begins?

Before any building work commences, a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) must be appointed and Council given at least two (2) days notice of the intention to commence building work.

Council can be appointed to act as the PCA. If a private certifier is appointed to act as the PCA, Council must be informed.

The role of the PCA is to ensure that the building work has been carried out in accordance with the development consent, relevant building regulations and to carry out required critical stage inspections associated with the building works.

It is also the responsibility of the PCA to ensure that any required compliance certificates are provided and that an occupation certificate is issued prior to the development/building being occupied.

Assessment timeframes for Construction Certificates

Prior to assessing and/or issuing a Construction Certificate, a Council Building Surveyor will need to conduct a site inspection. This site inspection is to verify that no works has commenced relating to the application.

The initial timeframe for assessment for a Construction Certificate can take up to ten (10) Working days.

Construction Certificate fees

Please refer to Council's Fees and Charges.

Construction Certification application/checklist forms

Forms can be found on this page under the 'Building-related applications' heading.