The Building Professionals Board works to improve the quality of building construction and subdivision in NSW.
We regulate and educate building and subdivision certifiers. Our independent and rigorous accreditation and audit processes give consumers confidence that their home or development will be built to national building standards and relevant legislation.
We accredit over 400 private certifiers and around 800 council accredited certifiers.
What is our role?
Many of our responsibilities are outlined under the Building Professionals Act 2005 (BP Act). Through this, we:
- accredit certifiers to issue construction, occupation, subdivision, compliance and complying development certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), and strata certificates under strata legislation
- provide practice advice and facilitate education programs to assist certifying authorities and to help improve standards of building and subdivision certification in NSW
- investigate complaints and review the work of accredited certifiers and councils to help improve the efficiency of certification processes
- inform the public about how projects are certified, the importance of this role, and how they can find and choose a certifier to work with
- advise the Minister on policy development and matters relating to the BP Act.
Who do we deal with?
We report to the Minister for Planning and deal directly with
- accredited certifiers and council accredited certifiers who require up to date information on their legal and best-practice responsibilities
- practitioners who wish to become accredited certifiers
- certifying authorities, including councils, who need to know more about the operation of the certification system
- consumers who need assistance locating an accredited certifier and learning about the certification process.
The Board's powers
Anyone may make a complaint about the professional conduct of an accredited certifier to the Building Professionals Board.
We investigate complaints to determine whether the accredited certifier is guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct or of the more serious act of professional misconduct (both these terms are defined under the BP Act).
If an accredited certifier is found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct, the BP Act gives the Board the right to take a number of disciplinary actions, as detailed in the Disciplinary Guidelines.
The Board has no power to rectify unauthorised building work or to act on complaints about others involved in the construction process such as builders or property owners.