Consultancy services

We can advise you on whether your proposed development has potential for Complying Development.

We are often contacted by building professionals, homeowners, architects, tradespeople who are wanting to build but don’t know which approval path to take, or whether it’s even possible to carry out a certain type of development on their land. South Coast Certifiers have the knowledge & experience to provide you with the right advice to assist you with determining the correct approval path for your project.

We can advise you on whether your proposed development has potential for Complying Development or whether a Development Application (DA) is required through Council.  Preliminary consulting advice may require a site meeting and a preliminary assessment of your proposal. Information outlining the different planning approval pathways is located on the NSW Department of Planning website.

NSW Planning Portal

Pre – CDC Assessment Reports

If you’re not sure if your proposal can be approved under Complying Development, South Coast Certifiers can provide you with a CDC Assessment confirming whether Complying Development is possible and what (if any) additional information is required. The assessment identifies whether the development is permissible under the relevant State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Code and whether there are any other potential controls that could affect the development.

Following the assessment, if you decide to submit a full application to South Coast Certifiers, the assessment fee will be deducted from the full fee quoted for your development. For more information contact South Coast Certifiers.

Building Code Compliance Reports

Whether you’re buying or selling a building, changing the use of a building or considering renovations, it is recommended that you obtain a Building Code of Australia (BCA) report as part of your due diligence.

A BCA report will detail areas of non-compliance with the most recent provisions of the BCA. This is particularly important for older buildings and those that have been altered. The report will outline where the building sits in relation to the current code and what works need to take place to achieve BCA compliance.

South Coast Certifiers will work closely with you on a site audit and documentation review. This will ensure that full consideration is given to the context and use of your building. This process gives assurance and confidence in the advice you receive regarding your property.

Please note as our registration is restricted to residential building work (class 1a & 10a buildings only), we do not provide BCA reports for Class 2-9 commercial buildings. 

BCA compliance audit reports are a consulting report only & are not ‘Certification Work’ under the EPA Act 1979.

FAQs

What type of approval do I need to build or renovate?

Unless your project is classed as exempt development, all building work requires a building approval. All residential building work involving a new home or a renovation to an existing home needs a building approval. The approval must be obtained before any building work can start.

Complying development

Complying development is a fast-track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial, and industrial development. Your local council or a registered certifier can issue a complying development certificate (CDC) for approved developments. If the proposal meets all the relevant development standards outlined in the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) Code applicable to the development, a CDC can be approved by South Coast Certifiers in less than 20 days.

Development consent

A Development Application (DA) is a formal application made to your local council for development that requires consent under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). The approval and prescribed conditions set out by Council are based on the scale of the project, and each DA consent is based on its own merit and will have its own unique set of requirements.

During assessment, Council will determine if the proposal meets the relevant zoning and planning controls for the local area as well as its potential impacts to the surrounding environment and the amenity of neighbouring properties.

Once your development consent has been issued by council you must apply for a Construction Certificate (CC). A CC confirms your construction plans and development specifications are consistent with the development consent and comply with the Building Code of Australia. You don’t need a construction certificate if you have a CDC.

How will I know if my proposal can be approved through Complying Development?

Development to be carried out as complying development is only permissible if the proposal meets all relevant development standards outlined in the relevant State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP). South Coast Certifiers can undertake a Pre-CDC assessment of your plans to determine whether your proposed development can be approved under Complying Development (i.e. council approval is not required).

Following the assessment, if you decide to submit a full application to South Coast Certifiers, the assessment fee will be deducted from the full fee quoted for your development. For more information contact South Coast Certifiers.

How long will it take to get my approval?

If all the required documentation/information is submitted, and is complete and acceptable, a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) may be processed and issued within 5 business days from the date the application is received. It is important to note that neighbouring properties and your local Council are subject to a two-business day notification period, prior to any works starting on-site. When required, South Coast Certifiers will inform you of your obligations.

Please note: Complying Development applications can also be subject to a mandatory fourteen-day neighbour notification period in some jurisdictions before an approval can be issued.

South Coast Certifiers have no authority when it comes to the Development Application (DA) process. Each Local Government Area have their own processes, procedures and timeframes. It would be beneficial to talk to council for more information on the DA process.

We do, however, have authority when it comes to issuing Construction Certificates (CC’s). If all the required documentation/information is submitted and all Development Consent conditions addressed, a CC may be processed and issued within 5 business days from the date the application is received.

It is important to note that approval times are dependent on the documentation submitted with the application. The process can be hindered by incomplete or incorrect documentation, applicable legislative requirements not being met and documentation/information not being submitted on time.

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02 4244 3511
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P.O Box 4010 Shellharbour NSW 2529
ABN. 67 642 394 947

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