After a development application is approved, a Construction
Certificate is needed before building work actually begins.
A Construction Certificate is an approval that:
- Ensures the detailed construction plans and specifications comply
with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and any relevant
- Certifies that the detailed construction plans and specifications
are not inconsistent with the development consent.
Certifies that the relevant
development consent conditions have been complied with.
- Certifies that all required contributions and fees have been
HOW CAN I OBTAIN A CONSTRUCTION
CERTIFICATE FROM COUNCIL?
To obtain a Construction Certificate from Council submit the completed application form and
checklist at Council’s
Customer Service Centre.
BENEFITS OF LODGING CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE WITH COUNCIL?
A discount of 15% on the cost of the Construction Certificate is
available from Lane Cove Council when a Development Application and Construction
Certificate are lodged together. Please note that the discount does not apply to
some aspects of the Construction Certificate (e.g. Council’s inspection, the
If the Construction Certificate is issued by a Private Accredited
Certifier, you must register with Council a copy of the certificate and all
associated plans and specifications (a registration fee applies). This must be
done within two (2) working days after the approval date of the Construction
A Construction Certificate can also be obtained from a Private Accredited Certifier.
WHAT IS A NOTICE OF COMMENCEMENT?
Following the issue of a Construction Certificate a Notice of
Commencement is required to be provided to Council at least two days prior to
the commencement of any works.
This formal advice to Council provides details of:
- The appointed Principal Certifying Authority (PCA), (whether that
is Council or a Private Accredited Certifier).
- The date of commencement of building works.
- The name of the builder
WHAT IS A PRINCIPAL CERTIFYING AUTHORITY
Once you have development consent and a valid Construction
Certificate, you need to appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) before
A PCA can either be Council or a Private
Accredited Certifier. If Council is not the PCA, you must notify Council who
has been appointed PCA at least two days before building work starts.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE PCA?
The role of the PCA is to:
- Administer the conditions of consent and progress of the
development from commencement to completion.
- Conduct an inspection at each required stage of construction.
- Promptly advise the applicant, after any relevant inspection, of
any outstanding work.
- Receive and investigate any complaints from the public concerning
- Issue an Occupation Certificate (for any building work) when all
the pre-conditions in the development consent have been met and the building is
suitable for occupation in accordance with its classification under the Building
Code of Australia.
The payment of the PCA inspection fee covers mandatory
inspections, however it does not cover any re-inspections.
WHAT IS AN OCCUPATION
An Occupation Certificate is issued to
allow safe and healthy occupation of completed building works. An Occupation
Certificate certifies that all works have been completed in accordance with the
development consent conditions, approved plans and the Building Code of
It is illegal to occupy or use a building or structure without an
Fees will be determined by Council and
may be paid in cash, by cheque or with a credit card (MasterCard and VISA only).
You may also pay by credit card by mail or fax by using our Credit Card Payment
Authorisation form. If you wish to know the fee prior to lodgement, contact
Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9911 3555.
If you require further information
on lodging an application, Council may be contacted on 9911 3555 between 8.30am
and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, we encourage you to visit our
Customer Service Centre and discuss your proposal with Council’s Duty Planner
between 9am and 11am.