What Is Construction Certificate or 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 from Council.

When is construction certificate required?

A construction certificate is required after 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 certifiers ensures that the work you are intended to carry out on your property complies with the National Construction Code (NCC).

The Construction certificate application should include;

  • Detailed building plans/engineering details and specifications.
  • Compliance with Councils Development Application consent conditions
  • The design and construction work as showed in the plans and specification you submit is not inconsistent with the development consent.
  • Security required as a condition of consent has been provided


What is the next step after obtaining the Construction Certificate?

Once you 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.


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

Can I start Construction without Construction Certificate?

There are serious consequences for building development carried out without construction certificate.

  • Councils Notice of Intent or demolition of property or extension.
  • Difficulty to obtain building insurance
  • Rejection of Sale Contract while selling property
  • Serious Fines on property
  • Chances of not getting Occupation Certificate (OC) to occupy the property.
  • Lower marketability


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