What is a Construction Certificate (CC)? 

A Construction Certificate (CC) is a certificate that is issued by an accredited certifier. The authority allows for building work to commence on a project once the development application has been issued by Council.

When is a construction certificate required?

A construction certificate is required after the Development Application (DA) is issued by Council and before any building work is carried out. Building work means any physical activity involved in the erection of a building, including alterations and additions.

What is the role of Principal Certifier (or Private Certifier)?

The Principal Certifier ensures that the work you are approved to carry out on your property complies with the National Construction Code (NCC) and the development consent conditions set by Council.

The Construction certificate application should include;

  • Detailed architectural plans/engineering details and specifications, consistent with the original development consent.
  • Compliance with Councils Development Application consent conditions with regards to the construction certificate items

What is the next step after obtaining the Construction Certificate?

Once you have obtained the construction certificate, you need to appoint a Principal Certifier (PC) The PC oversees the development’s construction phase and completes mandatory building inspections, known as critical stage inspections, to make sure that building standards are met and the development consent is being complied with.


Once building work has finished, the PCA will complete final inspections and issue the Occupation Certificate (OC), if all requirements have been satisfied.

Can I start Construction without a Construction Certificate?

There are serious consequences for commencing a development without a Construction Certificate having been issued.

  • Councils Notice of Intent or demolition of property or extension.
  • Difficulty in obtaining building insurance
  • Rejection of the Sale Contract by potential buyers
  • Serious Fines on property
  • No issuance of an Occupation Certificate


Need Help?

If you require any further assistance in relation to this topic, you are welcome to contact our team of experienced Certifiers by clicking here to submit an online enquiry form or call us on

How we work

  • 1. You request a Fee Proposal

    You will fill in an Application Form with required details and we will then provide you with a no obligation Fee Proposal

  • 2. You accept the Fee Proposal

    Once you have accepted the Fee Proposal and paid the corresponding invoice we will commence the certification process

  • 3. We Commence the Certification Process

    We review all provided documents and request further details if required. We then organise any required Site Inspections.

  • 4. We Complete Required Site Inspections

    We complete the required Site Inspections and inform you of any further requirements

  • 5. We Issue the Certification

    After all required updates are complete, our Principal Certifier will provide the Certification