Construction Certificate

After a development application is approved, a Construction Certificate is needed before building actually begins. A Construction Certificate is an approval that:

  • Makes sure that the detailed construction plans and specifications comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and any other relevant Australian standard.
  • Certifies that the detailed construction plans and specifications are consistent with the Development Consent.
  • Certifies that the relevant development consent conditions have been complied with.
  • Certifies that all necessary contributions and fees have been paid.

A Construction Certificate can be issued by Council or a private Accredited Certifier. If issued by a private Accredited Certifier, a copy of the certificate, associated plans and specifications must be forwarded to Council within two days after the date of determination.

Once you have development consent and have then obtained a Construction Certificate, you need to appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) before starting work. A PCA is either Council or a private Accredited Certifier who oversees the construction or subdivision process. Council must be told who has been appointed PCA at least two days before building starts.

The PCA will conduct an inspection of each required stage of construction and issue an Occupation Certificate (for any building work) when all the pre-conditions specified in the development consent have been met and the building is suitable for occupation or use in accordance with its classification under the Building Code of Australia.

A Construction Certificate is only valid while the Development Consent is still in date, so works must be commenced before the Development Consent lapses.

The questions below will help you to find relevant information about Construction Certificates and appointing Council as a Principal Certifying Authority.

What is a Construction Certificate?
When is a Construction Certificate required?
How do I apply for a construction certificate?

Can I apply for development consent and a construction certificate at the same time?

What do I need to include when lodging a construction certificate application?
What fees are payable?
How does a construction certificate relate to development consent?
How long does a construction certificate last?
What if all the detailed design work is not yet finished?
Once issued, can a construction certificate be altered?
Can construction certificates be staged?
Can conditions be applied to a construction certificate?
What is a fire safety schedule?
Is a fire safety schedule required to be attached?
My construction certificate has been issued what do I do next?
How do I appoint Council as a PCA?
When can I start building work?
Do I need to contact Council before I start work?
When is the PCA required to do inspections of the building?
When is a Structural Engineer required to do inspections of the building?
When can I move into my building?
When can I get my security deposit back from Council?
What are the benefits in using council as an accredited certifier and Principal Certifying Authority?