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Categories of Accreditation

Not all accredited certifiers can issue all of these certificates. Before hiring an accredited certifier you must confirm their level of accreditation to ensure they can issue the certificates you need.

Click on the accreditation type for a detailed description on the authorities conferred.

Building classifications

  • Class 1 and 10 buildings - includes dwellings and residential structures such as carports, awnings, swimming pools and fences etc.
  • Class 2 and 3 buildings - low rise medium density and high rise residential buildings being flats, serviced units, hotels, motels etc for long term or transient living for unrelated persons.
  • Class 5 to 9 buildings - professional and commercial developments such as office complexes, shopping centres; industrial buildings such as factories and warehouses; and buildings of a public nature such as hospitals, schools, and public assembly buildings i.e. halls, theatres, churches, sports stadiums.

Authorities Conferred

A1 Accredited certifier - building surveying grade 1

Issue of complying development certificates for building work or change of use, construction certificates and compliance certificates for building work and occupation certificates for buildings involving all classes and sizes of buildings under the BCA.

Carrying out of any inspections under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

Carrying out of inspections under Clauses 129B and 143B of the EP&A Regulation.

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A2 Accredited certifier - building surveying grade 2

Issue of complying development certificates for building work or change of use, construction certificates and compliance certificates for building work and occupation certificates for buildings involving the following classes of buildings under the BCA:

a) class 1 and class 10 buildings

b) class 2 to 9 buildings with a maximum rise in storeys of three storeys and a maximum floor area of 2,000m2

c) buildings with a maximum rise in storeys of four storeys in the case of a building that comprises only a single storey of class 7a carpark located at the ground floor level or basement level and with three storeys of class 2 above, and with a maximum floor area of 2000m2.

Carrying out of any inspections required under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act of buildings referred to in the preceding paragraphs (a), (b) and (c). In addition, carrying out of any inspections under section 109E(3)(d) of that Act for work authorised by category of accreditation A1 with the consent of, and under the supervision of, an accredited certifier authorised to issue occupation certificates under Category A1.

Carrying out of inspections under Clauses 129B and 143B of the EP&A Regulation.

For the purpose of this category of accreditation, the maximum floor area and maximum rise in storeys restrictions relate to the whole building and not part of the building. Accordingly, in the case of alterations, additions and renovations to existing buildings, the maximum rise in storeys and maximum floor area restrictions relate to the whole building, which includes the existing building and the proposed new building work.

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A3 Accredited certifier - building surveying grade 3

Issue the following certificates involving class 1 and class 10 buildings under the BCA, but only if the building achieves compliance with the performance requirements of the BCA by complying with the deemed-to-satisfy provisions of the BCA (and not by the formulation of any alternative solutions):

(a) complying development certificates for building work or change of use,

(b) construction certificates and compliance certificates for building work,

(c) occupation certificates.

Carrying out of any inspections required under section 109E(3)(d) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 of buildings referred to above. In addition, carrying out of any inspections required under section 109E(3)(d) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for work authorised by category of accreditation A2 with the consent of, and under the supervision of, an accredited certifier authorised to issue occupation certificates under category A2.
Carrying out of inspections under clauses 129B and 143B of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

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A4 Accredited certifier - building inspector

Carrying out inspections required by the principal certifying authority under section 109E(3)(d) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, critical stage inspections prescribed by clause 162A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (except for the last critical stage inspection after the building work has been completed and prior to any occupation certificate being issued), and carrying out of inspections under clauses 129B and 143B of the Regulation in relation to class 1 and class 10 buildings under the BCA.

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B1 Accredited certifier - subdivision certification

Issue of complying development certificates for proposed subdivision developments, construction certificates for subdivision work and subdivision certificates.

Carrying out of inspections under Clause 129B of the EP&A Regulation.

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C1 Accredited certifier - private road and drainage design compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for designs of private road and drainage works including related earthworks associated with a building site.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

For the purpose of this category of accreditation, private road and drainage and related earthworks means roads and drainage and related earthworks that will not be dedicated to the public (being the local council, State Government or Commonwealth Government) and includes private internal roads and stormwater drainage such as overland flow paths, surface runoff, subsoil and inter-allotment drainage.

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C2 Accredited certifier - private road and drainage construction compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for constructed private road and drainage works including related earthworks associated with a building site.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

For the purpose of this category of accreditation, private road and drainage and related earthworks means roads and drainage and related earthworks that will not be dedicated to the public (being the local council, State Government or Commonwealth Government) and includes private internal roads and stormwater drainage such as overland flow paths, surface runoff, subsoil and inter-allotment drainage.

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C3 Accredited certifier - stormwater management facilities design compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for designs of stormwater management facilities (SMF).
However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

SMF includes stormwater quantity controls e.g. on-site stormwater detention, stormwater quality controls, and similar elements of water sensitive urban design.

SMF designs relate to stormwater management facilities planned for subdivision or building work (where applicable).

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C4 Accredited certifier - stormwater management facilities design compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for constructed stormwater management facilities (SMF).

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

SMF includes stormwater quantity controls e.g. on-site stormwater detention (OSD), stormwater quality controls, and similar elements of water sensitive urban design.

SMF works relate to the construction of stormwater management facilities for subdivision or building work (where applicable).

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C5 Accredited certifier - subdivision works & building works (location of works as constructed) compliance

Issue of compliance certificates to verify location of subdivision works and building works as constructed, including the location of constructed roads; subdivision works; services; drainage; detention basins and structures; finished building floor levels; and finished ground levels.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C6 Accredited certifier - subdivision road and drainage construction compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for constructed subdivision road and drainage works.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C7 Accredited certifier - structural engineering

Issue of compliance certificates for designs of and constructed structural components of building work.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C8 Accredited certifier - electrical services compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for designs of and constructed electrical components and systems of building work.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C9 Accredited certifier - mechanical services compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for designs of and constructed mechanical components and systems of building work including certifying compliance with the relevant energy efficiency provisions of the BCA.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C10 Accredited certifier - fire safety engineering compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for alternative solutions involving fire safety for designs of and constructed building works certifying compliance with the relevant performance requirements of the BCA.

However, this does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

Alternative solutions involving fire safety includes alternative solutions relevant to:

- fire safety systems and components of fire safety systems;

- the safety of persons in the event of fire;

- the prevention, detection and suppression of fire.

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C11 Accredited certifier - energy management compliance (classes 3, 5 to 9)

Issue of compliance certificates for designs of and constructed energy management components of building work for Classes 3 and 5 to 9 buildings, inclusive, excluding compliance certificates in relation to the energy efficiency of mechanical services.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C12 Accredited certifier - geotechnical engineering compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for designs of and constructed foundations, earthworks, earth retaining structures and pavements relevant to subdivision work and buildings with a maximum rise in storeys of three storeys.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C13 Accredited certifier - acoustics compliance

Issue of compliance certificates for designs of and constructed acoustics components and systems of building work, including in relation to the assessment, measurement, analysis and modelling of noise and vibration sources and receptors.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C14 Accredited certifier - building hydraulics compliance

Issue of compliance certificates in relation to designs of and constructed building hydraulics. These include sanitary services, sewerage, hot and cold water services, recycled water services, gas services, fire hydrants, fire hose reel services, fire sprinkler services, trade waste plumbing and special services such as medical gases in hospitals.

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C15 Accredited certifier - stormwater compliance

Issue of compliance certificates in relation to designs of and constructed stormwater hydraulics for buildings. These include roof gutters, sumps and downpipes, in-ground drainage, surface drainage, water quality controls and sub-soil drainage (i.e. underground car parks, retaining walls, etc).

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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C16 Accredited certifier - speciality hydraulic services compliance

Issue of compliance certificates in relation to designs of and constructed specialty hydraulics services in buildings. These include sewerage pumping stations, sewerage treatment plants and ponds and trade waste treatment services (i.e. grease arresters, dilution systems, heavy metals extraction systems, etc.).

However, does not include carrying out of any inspections required on such occasions as are prescribed by the regulations under section 109E(3)(d) of the EP&A Act.

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D1 Accredited certifier - strata certification

Issue of strata certificates in respect of proposed strata plans, strata plans of subdivision and notices of conversion in accordance with the Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act 1973 or the Strata Schemes (Leasehold Development) Act 1986 and the regulations under those Acts.

Carrying out of inspections referred to in section 37AA of the Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act 1973 and section 66AA of the Strata Schemes (Leasehold Development) Act 1986.

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E1 Accredited certifier - swimming pool certification
  • Carrying out of inspections under s.22C Swimming Pools Act 1992
  • Issue certificates of compliance under the Swimming Pools Act 1992
  • Issue notices under s.22E under the Swimming Pools Act 1992

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