PO Box 551, Thirroul NSW 2515
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Important Notice

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<h2>Please note:</h2>It is against the law to start construction without a valid Construction Certificate.
“If any private certifier finds construction has proceeded without the necessary documents, or inspections have not been arranged for each mandatory critical stage of the development, then the applicant will be referred to their local council to apply for a building certificate. The Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) is bound by law to issue the applicant with ‘An Notice of Intention to Issue an Order”. This advises the applicant to remedy the works completed outside of their consent or to obtain approval from council for the deviation of works from consent. Usually this notice allows the applicant 21 days to fulfil the requirements.

If the PCA is not satisfied the applicant has remedied the situation within the nominated time frame, then the PCA does not have any choice other than to advise the local council to issue an Order. In most cases the applicant will be fined. If any PCA does not regulate the construction of a project adequately, then they are at risk of being fined by their Accreditation Body, losing their accreditation (and in most cases if they can not operate, then they can not continue their business) and in the worst case scenario they can be gaoled. Therefore, if the applicant does not follow the recommended order of inspections or ‘jumps ahead’ with inspections, they will be unlikely to find any certifier in NSW who will take the situation light” style=”fancy”]

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DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION
Lodging a Development Application with your Local Council.Prior to undertaking building or development work, council approval is to be obtained. This is achieved by applying for a development consent or an complying development application. Development consent is obtained once council is satisfied that the proposal satisfies council policies and it does not infringe significantly on the amenity of the immediate area. The DA can not be issued by a Private Certifier, contact your local Council for further information.
2. DEVELOPMENT CONSENT
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Development Consent

A successful DA will receive a written Development Consent which outlines the conditions which need to be Complied with in order to have the development constructed in a manner which is safe to inhabitants (compliance to the Building Regulations); and does not infringe on the rights of those living or working in the region of the development, compliance to the Conditions of Consent. This will be in the form of a several page document which provides a DA number, the date consent of the DA was given and the expiry date (most Development Consents will last approximately 2-5 years), and the Conditions which are unique to your particular area and development.

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These are the steps required to complete the process
1. Development Application (DA)
2. Development Consent
3. Construction Certificate
4. Congratulations!
5. Site Inspections
6. Occupation Certificate