Construction certificate

What is a Construction Certificate?

A Construction Certificate is the approval required to undertake building/construction work and must be obtained from the Principal Certifying Authority before work commences. It certifies that the construction plans and specifications for the development are consistent with the approved Development Consent and comply with the Building Code of Australia.

You can apply for a Development Application, Construction Certificate and Plumbing Approval from council at the same time, as long as you have detailed construction and engineering drawings to lodge with the application.

Construction Certificates cannot be issued retrospectively.

How do I make an application for a Construction Certificate with Council?

Complete the Application for Development, Construction of Complying Development Certificate form and mail us or lodge in person at either our Barham, Mathoura or Moama office along with the following information:

1. Three (3) hard copies and a USB stick of the following:

  • Locality Plan
  • Site Plan (indicating all levels, existing structures & vegetation, nearest cross roads & a north point) 
  • Floor Plan (existing and proposed shown separately
  • Elevations (labelled according to orientation i.e. North, South, East & West) and clearly demonstrate the works proposed.
  • BASIX Certificate (BASIX Commitments must also be identified on plans) required for new residences, alterations and additions to residences over $50,000.00 and swimming pools with a capacity greater than 40,000L
  • Sectional Plans (indicating detailed construction)
  • Specifications Structural or Civil Engineering Drawings  
  • Other relevant documents (soil test, engineers computations, wind rating)

2. Full payment of fees (this may include the collection of the Building & Construction Industry Long Service Levy)

Please Note: Your application may be rejected if the form is incomplete or any of the above documentation is missing. If Construction Certificate plans are prepared before Development Consent is obtained plans may have to be redrawn to comply with the Development Consent before a Construction Certificate can be issued. This may result in additional time and cost to you.

Related information

Building Code of Australia