What is a Construction Certificate?
A Construction Certificate is an approval for building or civil work certifying that:
- work completed in accordance with the specified plans and specifications will comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) or applicable engineering standards including relevant associated structural standards and codes
- the detailed construction plans and specifications are "not inconsistent" with the development consent
- all "prior to issue of Construction Certificate" conditions of the development consent have been satisfied
Who can apply?
Generally, the owner of the land or a person acting on behalf of the owner would apply for the Construction Certificate.
When should you submit your application?
A Construction Certificate is required after development consent is issued and before any building or civil work is carried out. Building work means any physical activity involved in the erection of a building, including alterations and additions. See section 81A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
An application for a Construction Certificate may be lodged at the same time as your DA or at any time after the lodgement of the DA.
Lodging the Construction Certificate application and DA concurrently can be beneficial for many small projects as Council's Building Surveyors will be able to undertake an assessment of your proposal while the DA is being assessed. A Combined Application Form is available for this purpose. A Construction Certificate cannot be issued unless it is consistent with the Development Consent and the Development Consent itself has been issued.
How do I apply?
Your application must be submitted on the Construction Certificate application form provided by Council. You are encouraged to personally lodge your application so Council can ensure that all of the necessary information has been provided. Applicable fees must also accompany your application. A fee quote can be obtained from Council prior to lodgement.
What information do I need to include?
Council requires as a minimum:
- two copies (one paper copy & one digital copy on a disc in PDF with no security settings) of the plans for the proposed building work including a site, plan, floor plan and elevations. For commercial and industrial buildings additional information may be included on the plans and in the specification or as a separate document/s addressing the relevant Building Code of Australia.
- two copies of specifications (one paper copy & one digital copy on a disc in PDF with no security settings). Specifications are a statement of building requirements for each of the trades being used in the construction of the building work. Specification booklets can be purchased from some newsagents, copy shops or online. More detailed building projects may require the specification to be drafted by architect/draftsperson.
- two copies (one paper copy & one digital copy on a disc) of the BASIX certificate, if required with the relevant requirements of the BASIX certificate shown on the plans and in the specification.
For the statutory requirements for a Construction Certificate, please see Part 8 – Construction Certificates – Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.