HBC Building Certification ACT and NSW

HBC Process Flowchart

NSW

  • APPLICATION FOR A COMPLYING DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE (CDC) 
    A complying development certificate is an alternative to a DA and only available for work determined as complying development under council’s planning controls or State planning policy. When a CDC is issued there is no requirement for a (DA) or Construction Certificate (CC).
    Complying Development Certificate's (CDC's) can only be approved if the proposed development complies with requisite planning controls and the Building Code of Australia (BCA) - now the National Construction Code (NCC). Accredited certifiers and councils can issue complying development certificates. The certificate must be obtained before any building work commences, including site works such as demolition and excavation.
  • APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE (CC's) are made subsequent to (DA) Development Approval Consent.
    Once you receive the development approval consent document after submitting a DA to council, you will require a construction certificate before comencement of building work. If you have a complying development certificate, you will not require a construction certificate.
    A construction certificate confirms building plans comply with the BCA, are ‘consistent’ with the development consent, and comply with relevant conditions of the development consent. Accredited certifiers and councils can issue construction certificates. A construction certificate (or complying development certificate) must be obtained before building work commences. Without one, you cannot obtain an occupations certificate at the completion of building work.
  • APPLICATION FOR OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE (WHEN PROPERTY IS COMPLETED)
    Before you can occupy the building, you must apply for and obtain an occupation certificate from your Principle Certifying Authority (PCA).
    The PCA will inspect the completed building work to determine if it is suitable to occupy. If satisfied, they will issue an occupation certificate.

 

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ACT

What you need to know about the certification process for the ACT

In the ACT before you can erect a building or other structure you must obtain development approval (DA) this can only be processed by Environment and Planning (formerly known as ACT Planning and Land Authority) However as an Accredited Certifier we can assist you when determining if your project is exempt from requiring a DA. If a DA is required we can project manage and advise to make sure you application does comply - thus avoiding delays or requisition to resubmit the application to Environment and Planning.

Once the DA has been obtained or we have established that your project is exempt the Appointment of a Certifier/Application for Building Approval form and the process begins.

  • APPOINTMENT OF A CERTIFIER/APPLICATION FOR BUILDING APPROVAL (APPOINTING THE CERTIFIER)
    The approved form (completed by the property owner) is an application to the certifier for Building Approval (BA) & appointment of the certifier.
  • APPOINTMENT OF BUILDER BY THE PROPERTY OWNER/APPLICATION FROM THE BUILDER FOR A COMMENCEMENT NOTICE TO THE CERTIFIER
    The approved form (completed by the property owner) appointing the builder and copy of the home warranty insurance obtained.
  • APPLICATION TO CERTIFIER FROM THE BUILDER TO COMMENCE WORKS (builder completes Part F & Part G - appointment of builder form)
    Part F & G on the form for appointment of the builder is completed and returned to the certifier for application to commence construction.
  • NOTICE TO COMMENCE WORKS - Commencement Notice issued by the Certifier to the property owner and the appointed builder
  • APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY AND USE - Certifier notifies ACT government upon completion of works

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