NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise that property owners throughout NSW who are considering new building works, building upgrades to existing buildings or the sub-division of land will most likely require certificates under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A). An accredited certifier/ private certifier/ building certifier can issue these certificates as a private professional to ensure compliances with Acts and Regulations.

Where Does an Accredited Certifier: Private Certifier: Building Certifier Come From?

The Building Professionals Act 2005 provides the framework and regulation of accredited certifiers/ private certifiers/ building certifier in NSW. The Act establishes the Building Professionals Board who have the responsibility of accrediting, regulating and disciplining accredited certifiers/ private certifiers/ building certifier. The level of competence displayed by the building surveyor will determine the level of accreditation bestowed on the accredited certifier/ private certifier/ building certifier.

What Does an Accredited Certifier: Private Certifier: Building Certifier Do? 

On behalf of the client (usually a property owner or their agent), an accredited certifier/ private certifier/ building certifier is commissioned to issue the various building regulations control approvals (construction certificate, occupation certificates). Depending on their level of accreditation, the accredited certifier/ private certifier/ building certifier can issue the following certificates during the building approval process:

Can an Accredited Certifier: Private Certifier be the Principal Certifying Authority?

If a building owner requires under the building regulations either a construction certificate or complying development certificate to be issued for their proposed building works, then they must appoint a Principal Certifying Authority. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 allows the accredited certifier/ private certifier/ building certifier to be appointed as the Principal Certifying Authority. This allows the Principal Certifying Authority (accredited certifier/ private certifier/ building certifier) to inspect construction works and ultimately issue occupation certificates and subdivision certificates.

Building Legislation Table: Building Regulations

Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information on the critical stage inspections process including EPAR.

Fire Safety Compliance: Essential Safety Measures

Refer to our Essential Safety Measures identification table for further information on individual essential fire safety measures including the Annual Fire Safety Statement.

Further Advice

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