Usually, a principal certifying authority (PCA) can issue all the certificates you need for your development. However, you may need more than one type of certifier, as advised by your PCA or council.
Your local council, or an A1, A2 or A3 certifier, can act as your PCA for building work and must be engaged before work starts.
Types of certifiers
The Building Professionals Board accredits certifiers in the following categories according to their expertise, qualifications and experience.
Most small residential developments, such as a new house, are certified by an A1, A2 or A3 certifier as the PCA for the development.
|A and E categories||Description of work|
|A1, A2 and A3||
Building surveyor grades 1, 2 and 3:
A1, A2 and A3 certifiers can also act as the PCA for building work, and certify compliance of swimming pools and spa pools.
Port development certifier: State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013
swimming pool certification:
|B, C and D categories||Description of work|
|C1||private road and drainage design compliance|
|C2||private road and drainage construction compliance|
|C3||stormwater management facilities design compliance|
|C4||stormwater management facilities construction compliance|
|C5||subdivision works and building works (location of works as constructed) compliance|
|C6||subdivision road and drainage construction compliance|
|C7||structural engineering compliance|
|C8||electrical services compliance|
|C9||mechanical services compliance|
|C10||fire safety engineering compliance|
|C11||energy management compliance (Building Code of Australia classes 3, 5 to 9)|
|C12||geotechnical engineering compliance|
|C14||building hydraulics compliance|
|C16||speciality hydraulic services compliance|
Some types of development are 'exempt'; that is, you don't need approval from council or a certifier.
- Types of exempt development are listed on the Department of Planning and Environment's website.
- The Electronic Housing Code is a free tool to help you find out if your development is exempt. It also provides reports of development standards that apply to individual sites.