After a development application is approved, a Construction Certificate is needed before building work actually begins. Before all works are completed, an Occupation Certificate is required. This is explained below.
What is a Construction Certificate?
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 Australian Standard.
- Certifies that the detailed construction plans and specifications are consistent with the development consent.
- Certifies that the relevant development consent conditions have been complied with.
- Certifies that all required contributions and fees have been paid.
How can I obtain a Construction Certificate from Council?
A Construction Certificate Application can be lodged with Council. All Construction Certificate applications are required to be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal accompanied by a completed Construction Certificate Checklist. The Construction Certificate Checklist is available inDevelopment Forms. A fee quote can be obtained prior to lodgement by contacting Council's Customer Service Centre on 9911 3555.
Benefits of lodging a 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 Occupation Certificate).
A Construction Certificate can also be obtained from a Private Accredited Certifier. 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 working days after the approval date of the Construction Certificate.