After a development application is approved, a Construction Certificate is required from Council Certifiers or a private Certifier to ensure compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA), the consent and any conditions.
If issued by a private Certifier, the Certifier will forward a copy of the plans and certificate to council.
Before work commences, a Principle Certifier (Council or private) must be appointed to carry out mandatory inspections, with the primary aim of obtaining an Occupation Certificate upon completion of the work.
Apply for a Construction Certificate
Frequently Asked Questions
What fees are payable?
Upon submission of a development application, Council will offer to supply a fee proposal outlining the costs for using Council as an Accredited Certifier and/or Principal Certifying Authority.
What if all the detailed design work is not yet finished?
You may find that all information you need is not available at the time you apply, e,g. structural, mechanical or hydraulic designs may not yet be finalised.
When the detail is not available, you can state in the specification your intent to comply with requirements by identifying the specific clauses in the BCA and Australian standards, codes or other documents, with a brief description of the how you propose to comply with each.
Once issued, can a construction certificate be altered?
Clause 79IA of the EP&A Regulation permits the person who has applied for a construction certificate to apply for it to be modified, or for a new construction certificate to be issued. The application and assessment process is the same as for the original application. Consent does not need to be modified, providing the plans are consistent with the development consent.
What is a fire safety schedule?
A fire safety schedule is a list specifying the fire safety measures (both current and proposed) that should be implemented in the building premises. It is issued with construction certificates, complying development certificates, fire safety orders and development
consents for a change of building use where no building work is proposed. It relates to commercial, industrial and multi unit development.
When is the PCA required to do inspections of the building?
The PCA is required to do inspections as footings, slab steel, waterproofing of wet areas, external balconies and planter boxes, framing, stormwater drainage, pool fencing, fire safety measures, hydraulic connections, and a final inspection. Other certification from suitably qualified persons such as structural engineers, fire safety consultants, hydraulic engineers, mechanical engineers, electricians, surveyors, bush fire consultants and other building professionals may also be requested. Council building certifiers will provide an electronic report following each inspection. Failing to have a mandatory inspection carried out will result in the PCA not being able to issue the required occupation certificate at the completion of work. For inspection bookings please contact us.
When can I get my security deposit back from Council?
If you paid a footpath damage deposit, Council will arrange to have the deposit refunded provided there is no damage to Council's infrastructure and all work has been completed.