Construction certificate

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

What is a Construction Certificate (CC)? 
Who can issue a Construction Certificate?
When are you able to apply for a Construction Certificate? 
What information is required with a Construction Certificate application? 
When will a Construction Certificate lapse? 
What else is required before work begins? 
Need more information

What is a Construction Certificate (CC)?

A construction certificate certifies that relevant matters specified in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 have been satisfied, this includes;

  • the construction plans and specification comply with the relevant standards (ie Building Code of Australia); 
  • the construction plans and specifications are consistent with the development consent; and 
  • all conditions of the development consent requiring compliance prior to the issue of a construction certificate are finalised.

A construction certificate is not required for complying development, where building details are covered by a Complying Development Certificate (CDC).
 

Who can issue a Construction Certificate?

You can apply for a construction certificate from Council or an accredited certifier.

When are you able to apply for a Construction Certificate from Council?

There are two options for lodging an application with Council: 
 

  1. You can apply for a Construction Certificate from Council at the same time as lodging a development application. This would be suitable 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.
  2. Lodging an application after you have obtained a development consent. 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 be submitted with a construction certificate application to determine if the proposed building will comply with the development consent and the Building Code of Australia.  Information required to be submitted with an application for a construction certificate is specified in Part 3 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. (new window)

When will a Construction Certificate lapse?

A construction certificate lapses when the development consent lapses.

What else is required before work begins?

Before you commence any building or subdivision works, you are required to appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) and you must give Council at least 2 days notice of your intention to commence building work.

You can appoint Council to act as your PCA or you can appoint an accredited private certifier. If you appoint a private certifier to act as your PCA you must inform Council.

The role of the PCA is to ensure building work has been executed in accordance with the development consent and relevant building regulations. 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.

You may also need to obtain an Owners Builder Permit or Home Warranty Insurance and pay the Long Service Levy.

Need more information

You may wish to discuss your proposal in person with one of Council's counter services officers or the duty building surveyor.  These officers are available during normal buisness hours at any of Council's administrative buildings.

The Building Professionals Board have information to inform consumers about their rights and responsibilities when building or subdividing land as well as the important role of the certifying authority.

Visit the Building Professionals Board (new window) to obtain information sheets and guides.

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Phone (02) 4429 3211

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Application form (PDF 198kb):
Construction Certificate 

Becoming an Owner Builder
Department of Fair Trading
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For information on
Home Warranty Insurance
Department of Fair Trading (new window)

Building Professionals Board (new window)

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