What is a Construction Certificate?

A Construction Certificate is the approval required to undertake building/construction work and must be obtained before work commences.  It certifies that the construction plans and specifications for the development are consistent with the approved Development Consent and comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

You can apply for a Development Application, Construction Certificate and Plumbing Approval at the same time, as long as you have detailed construction and engineering drawings to lodge with the application.

Construction Certificates cannot be issued retrospective of the work and penalties for unapproved building work may be applied.

A Construction Certificate is not required for work that meets the standards for Complying Development or Exempt Development under the SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policy) – see the Electronic Housing Code (EHC) for further information regarding Complying & Exempt Development.