Construction Certificates

Once Council has approved your Development Application (DA) the next step is obtaining a Construction Certificate (CC).

A CC is provided by either a Registered Certifier or your local Council and is a legal requirement of the development process  A CC approval is required prior to any works starting and confirms your construction plans and development specifications are consistent with the development consent, Council requirements and complies with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

For a more detailed explanation and checklist please see below:

CC Document checklist CC Application and Construction Procedure

FAQs

Why do I need a Construction Certificate (CC)?

Once the Council has approved your Development Application and provided you with Development Consent, the next step is obtaining a CC. A CC can be provided by either your local Council or a Registered Certifier and is a legal requirement of the approval process as outlined in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. This approval is required prior to any works starting.

A CC confirms your construction plans and development specifications are consistent with the Development Consent, Council requirements and complies with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). If a CC is issued after works have started, it will be invalid, and an occupation certificate won’t be issued.

Why do the CC plans need to show more detail than the Development Application (DA) plans?

Unique documentation is required for both a DA and a CC. You may discover that the DA plans do not contain all the information required for the CC approval.

The CC plans contain construction information and are generally prepared after the DA has been approved. Design drawings prepared to obtain a DA do not have to include all the technical information required for construction drawings. The CC plans will likely contain a lot more information than your DA approved stamped plans allowing your builder to work directly from them.

The construction must be consistent with the stamped plans and any relevant conditions of the Development Consent. Any plan changes that are inconsistent with the DA approved stamped plans will need to be assessed as to whether an application to modify the development consent (Section 4.55) is required.

What inspections are required throughout the development?

As your Principal Certifier, South Coast Certifiers are required to inspect various stages of construction. These are called critical stage inspections. The inspections allow work to be assessed for compliance with the Development Consent/Construction Certificate and the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Failure to carry out these inspections can result in the application for an Occupation Certificate being refused.

Inspections are to be booked in by selecting the “Book Inspection” tab in the top righthand corner of this website.

The inspections to be undertaken will be listed with your Construction Certificate and may include:

  • initial site inspection
  • piers and footings prior to pouring concrete
  • steel reinforcement for slabs prior to pouring concrete
  • storm water prior to covering connections
  • floor joists before laying floor (generally for first floor additions)
  • framework once rough-ins complete but before walls are insulated
  • wet areas prior to tiling
  • pool fencing as soon as possible after it is installed
  • final inspection upon completion of all works

If during the inspection process defective work is identified, a detailed inspection report will be forwarded to the Principal Contractor to ensure the required works are carried out.

A re-inspection of the defective works will be required prior to moving on with the construction. It is important to ensure that South Coast Certifiers are contacted to carry out a re-inspection as failure to do this may result in the application for an Occupation Certificate being refused. Any re-inspections required to be carried out will incur a re-inspection fee and an invoice will be sent with the inspection report.

If a critical stage inspection is unavoidably missed, a missed inspection report will be required and be accompanied by any compliance certificates relevant to the works. South Coast Certifiers will provide more information on this if and when the occasion arises.

How do I book in inspections?

Either you or the Principal Contractor is required to contact South Coast Certifiers at least 48 hours prior to the inspection being carried out. Inspections are to be booked in by selecting the “Book Inspection” tab in the top righthand corner of this website. In special circumstances, other arrangements may be possible.

A re-inspection of the defective works will be required prior to moving on with the construction. It is important to ensure that South Coast Certifiers are contacted to carry out a re-inspection as failure to do this may result in the application for an Occupation Certificate being refused. Any re-inspections required to be carried out will incur a re-inspection fee and an invoice will be sent with the inspection report.

How do I complete applications for building approvals through the N.S.W planning portal

It is now mandatory (as of 1st Jan 2021) to lodge all Complying Development, Construction and Occupation certificate applications through the NSW Planning Portal.

The NSW Planning Portal is an online environment where community, industry and government can work together to better understand and meet their obligations under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. It hosts a range of digital planning services, mapping tools and reporting tools to assist everyone involved in a proposed development.

Applicants/Developers are now able to submit applications for Construction Certificates (CC) to the certifier through the NSW Planning Portal. Applicants and certifiers have access to digital dashboards which helps them manage and keep track of applications.

Below are a number of guides put together by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to help you through the application process.

Applications for CC – Guides

Registering for the NSW Planning Portal
Submitting a Construction Certificate application

Once an applicant has secured a CC approval, they are required to appoint a Principal Certifier (PC) to oversee the construction. A guide to completing an application to appoint a Principal Certifier can be found below.

Submitting an Application to Appoint a Principal Certifier

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