Development Certification

If you are carrying out Building or Subdivision works then you will require a Construction Certificate (CC) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC) and the services of a Certifying Authority.

The appointed Certifying Authority will issue the CC or CDC, while the appointed Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) will carry out required inspections during construction and issue the Occupation Certificate (OC) or Subdivision Certificate (SC) at the completion of the development.

You can appoint Council or a Private Accredited Certifier to carry out these functions. In most cases the Certifying Authority role and Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) role can be undertaken by the same person or entity, however for Subdivision works only Council can be appointed as the PCA.

Our certifiers are professionally qualified Building Surveyors and Civil Engineers and are experts in all aspects of the certification process for both building and subdivision. To find out more about the services that are provided by our Development Certification Team or to engage us as your Certifier please refer to the applicable links below.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

I am carrying out Building Work

 

If your development involves building work you will require a Development Consent & Construction Certificate or a Complying Development Certificate.  After obtaining the relevant certificate and prior to starting work, you will need to appoint a Appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) and complete a Notice of Commencement. If you wish to appoint Council to provide any of these services below, you will need to complete a Contract for Certification work.

Construction Certificates (CC) - Checklist

The owner of the land or person with the benefit of the Development Consent must appoint the Certifying Authority and make application for a Construction Certificate (CC). Prior to applying for a CC you must first obtain your Development Consent. Council’s Certification team can issue CC’s for all Classes of buildings and types of development, and offers a one stop shop service by providing a Combined DA/CC approval for many types of development.

Complying Development Certificates (CDC) - Checklist

Complying development is a fast-track approval process for straight forward residential, commercial and industrial development. If the application meets specific criteria, it can be determined by a council or accredited certifier. Further information about Complying Development can be found using the NSW Planning Portal.

The owner of the land must appoint the Certifying Authority and make application for a CDC. Council’s Certification team can issue CDC’s for all classes of buildings and types of development.

Appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA).

After obtaining your CDC or CC the owner of the land or person with the benefit of the Development Consent must appoint the PCA. The PCA will carry out the required Inspections that relate your Development during construction, and issue the Occupation Certificate on completion of the building works

Notice of Commencement of building works

Prior to commencing works you must notify Council (and the PCA if your PCA is not Council) of your intention to commence the works. This notification must be given at least 2 days before commencing work.

Applying for an Occupation Certificate

At the completion and prior to occupation or use of a building or structure, you will need make application to your PCA for an Occupation Certificate.

I am carrying out Subdivision Work

 

If your development involves subdivision work you will require a Construction Certificate. After obtaining the relevant certificate and prior to starting work, you will need to appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) and complete a Notice of Commencement. Only Council can be the PCA for Subdivision work.

Construction Certificates (CC)

The owner of the land or person with the benefit of the Development Consent must appoint the Certifying Authority and make application for a Construction Certificate (CC). Prior to applying for a CC you must first obtain your Development Consent.

Appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA).

After obtaining your CDC or CC the owner of the land or person with the benefit of the Development Consent must appoint the PCA. The PCA will carry out the required Inspections that relate your Development during construction, and issue the Subdivision Certificate on completion of the subdivision works. Only Council can be appointed PCA for Subdivision works.

Notice of Commencement of Subdivision works

Prior to commencing works you must notify Council (and the PCA if your PCA is not Council) of your intention to commence the works. This notification must be given at least 2 days before commencing work.

Applying for an Subdivision Certificate

At the completion of your subdivision and prior to registration with the LPI, you will need make application to your PCA for an Subdivision Certificate.

Strata Subdivision

The strata plan is a subdivision of a parcel of Real Property land into separate lots and common property. For further information about Strata Schemes visit NSW Land & Property Information (LPI).

After you have been granted approval for a Strata Subdivision, Development Consent or Complying Development Certificate:

  • Complete any buildings works and obtain and Occupation Certificate from the relevant PCA.
  • Have your Strata Plan, Administration Sheet  and Certificate prepared by a Registered Surveyor.
  • Lodge the Strata Certificate for signing with Council or an Accredited Certifier.

For further enquires contact Council on 4654 7777, or see our Strata Certificate Lodgement Checklist.

Driveways, Road Opening and other Approvals


Certain works and activities within the road reserve or public land may require Council’s approval.

This may include the construction of a new driveway crossover, the connection of stormwater/utility services, road/footpath construction, or by placing a skip bin or crane on the road. You can apply for the above mentioned approvals using the Application Form links below.

Although these works may be associated with building or subdivision works already approved by a Development Consent (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDCs), a separate Roads Act approval is required for these activities.

Roads Act approvals must be obtained prior to undertaking works and as required by an DA condition or for Complying Development, prior to the issue of the Complying Development Certificate.