Private Certifier Information
Who are Private Accredited Certifiers?
Accredited private certifiers are able accredited professionals who check that development proposals comply with required technical standards and regulations and issue the relevant certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Previously only local councils had this responsibility.
Certifiers need to be accredited under schemes managed by authorised accreditation bodies approved by the Minister of the Department of Planning (DoP).
What are the powers of Private Accredited Certifiers?
Depending upon the terms of their accreditation, certifiers can:
- issue Subdivision Certificates;
- issue Construction Certificates, certifying (among other things) compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA);
- issue Compliance Certificates specifying that conditions of consent have been satisfied or that work complies with the plan and specification, 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 and Development Control Plans; 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 LEP permits private sector involvement.
What is the Accreditation Process?
To be accredited, the certifier must demonstrate his/her qualifications and experience, agree to abide by the scheme's code of conduct and complaints handling mechanisms, undertake continuing professional development, and provide evidence of his/her public liability insurance.
The accreditation shows:
- the extent of a certifier's powers;
- the types of certificate that can be issued; and
- the ability of the certifier to operate as a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) for a building or subdivision work.
- when accredited, a certifier is given a unique number by the Department of Planning, which is used on all documents to identify the certifier. A certifier must be re-accredited each year.
- accreditation schemes and bodies.
Submission of Privately Certified Documents to Council - Legislative Requirement
All certificates that have been issued by a Private Certifier must be submitted to Council for record keeping. Lodgement fees are payable, these fees pay for the registration and lifetime record keeping of those documents.
- Note: only original documents will be accepted for lodgement to Council (no faxed copies).
- Cheque must accompany documents, the application will not be accepted without payment.
Fees for Submission
Please refer to Council Fees and Charges for applicable fees or alternatively, contact Customer Service on 9936 8100.
Phone Advice on BCA & Act and Regulation Advisory Line
- Verbal advice from Department of Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources (DIPNR) can be obtained on their BCA Advisory Line on 9228 6529 between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Act and Regulation Advisory Line on 9762 8467 for verbal advice and information on Parts 4 and 4A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A) Act and associated parts of the EP&A Regulation.