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What is certification?

What is certification?

Most building and subdivision in NSW involves certification.

Certificates are approvals issued from an an accredited certifier to confirm that proposed and completed development complies with relevant planning controls and national building standards.

The person who is building or developing engages the accredited certifier.

Certificates are issued under the:

  • Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act)
  • Strata Schemes (Freehold Development) Act 1973 or
  • Strata Schemes (Leasehold Development) Act 1986.

Accredited certifiers, whether from the private sector or local council, can:

  • Issue subdivision certificates;
  • Issue construction certificates, certifying (among other things) that the proposed work will comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA);
  • Issue compliance certificates specifying that conditions of consent have been satisfied or that work complies with the plans and specifications, or nominating the classification of a building under the BCA;
  • Issue complying development certificates, certifying that nominated development proposals comply with standards and criteria in Council's local environmental plans (LEP) and development control plans (DCPs);
  • Conduct inspections of building works during their construction; and
  • Act as a principal certifying authority (PCA) responsible for, among other things, issuing occupation certificates, specifying that buildings are safe to occupy and subdivision certificates specifying a subdivision can proceed to registration where the Council's LEP permits private sector involvement.