Construction Certificate

Before you start any building or construction work, you’ll need to apply for a construction certificate.

The certificate confirms that the construction plans and specifications:

  • Are consistent with the development consent.
  • Comply with the Building Code of Australia and any other council requirements.

Council's accredited certification team can issue a construction certificate and provide expert advice throughout the process.

You can apply for a Construction Certificate as part of your Development Application, or after your Development Application has been approved.

How to apply?

Step 1.Create an account

Create an account on the NSW Planning Portal. 

Step 2.Apply using the NSW Planning Portal

Go to the NSW Planning Portal and complete the online application for a Construction Certificate (CC).

Refer to the Quick Reference Guide - Submitting an Application for a Construction Certificate for assistance.

Step 3.Upload required documents

What documents you need to upload depends on the type of works or use. Refer to the Checklist for information.

The format, file size and documentation naming conventions used when uploading documents must meet Council's Digital Format Application Requirements.

Step 4.Lodged for review

Once the application is submitted through the Portal, an initial review will be carried out to check the information provided is sufficient for Council to accept. 

We will contact you if more information is required before the application can be accepted.

Step 5.Application accepted

When the application has been reviewed and is ready for lodgement, the payee nominated by the applicant will be invoiced for payment of the fees.

Assessment of your application will not start until the fees have been received by Council.

Step 6.Assessment of the application

Once fees have been paid, the application will be registered. A site inspection will then be organised.

Officers will contact the applicant if further clarification is needed.

Application checklist

You must attach a copy of the following documents when submitting the application

  1.  Architectural plans
  2. Structural engineering plans
  3. Specifications
  4. Requirements as per any BASIX certificates issued
  5.  A copy of the Development Consent, and compliance with consent conditions.
  6. Home Owners Warranty Insurance (where applicable)
  7. Payment of Long Service Levy (where applicable)
  8. Scaled plan of the existing building/s (where applicable)
  9. Payment of any Developer Contributions levied on the DA (where applicable)
  10. Statement on the performance requirements (where applicable)
  11. Description of accredited building products or system (where applicable)

Your Construction Certificate should also address all relevant matters, up-front, in your Statement of Environmental Effects. This will help to avoid additional information requests, and will help to ensure an efficient and smooth process.


Need help using the online service?

  • View the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s How To Guide. This will open in a new window.
  • Contact Service NSW on 1300 305 695