Construction Certificates

Did you know from 1 January 2021, all development applications and the majority of post consent certificates must be submitted through the NSW Planning Portal? Find out more about E-Planning with City of Newcastle (CN).

Once you have development consent for building work, you will need to obtain a Construction Certificate.

Generally, you should lodge your Construction Certificate after you have received Development Consent. However, if your proposal is relatively simple, it is possible to lodge the application at the same time as your Development Application.

What is a Construction Certificate?

A Construction Certificate is required before the commencement of building work subject to a development consent (except when a Complying Development Certificate has been issued).

A Construction Certificate certifies that:

  1. The detailed construction plans and specifications will comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA) including relevant associated structural standards and codes
  2. The detailed construction plans and specifications are 'not inconsistent' with the development consent
  3. All outstanding conditions of the development consent such as the payment of section 94 contributions, security deposits, bonds, and conditions of consent must be finalised before a Construction Certificate is issued.

A Construction Certificate may be issued by CN or by a private accredited certifier.

How do I apply for a Construction Certificate?

From January 1 2021, all Construction Certificates where CN is appointed as the Principal Certifier must be submitted through the NSW Planning Portal.

Once the application has been lodged and reviewed by CN you will be contacted to arrange payment of the required fees. CN's Contact Centre can be contacted to obtain a fee quote on (02) 4974 2000.

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