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Principal Certifying Authority

A Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) is the person responsible for ensuring compliance with the construction certificate and other applicable construction standards during the construction process. The PCA also checks compliance with any requirements of Council's development consent.

The PCA is also the only person that can issue any required occupation certificate. An applicant may choose either the Council or a private sector accredited certifier to be the PCA.

A PCA cannot be replaced by another PCA on a development, except with the specific written consent of the relevant PCA accreditation body.

When residential building work is involved, the PCA must also be provided with details of the licensed building contractor or owner-builder details in accordance with the requirements of the Home Building Act 1989.