NSW – HENDRY building certifiers advise it is important for building owners and managers to know the accreditation status of the Accredited Certifier they are using for fit outs/alterations and to under the regulatory framework for building certification (Certifying Authority) in NSW, within which the accredited Certifier must work.
The Building Professionals Act 2005 was proclaimed on the 25 January 2007 and allowed the newly formed NSW Building Professionals Board (BPB) to commence accrediting an applicant as an accredited certifier, hear complaints against an accredited certifier, and carry out investigations into the work and activities of certifying authorities from March 2007 onwards.
An accredited certifier, dependent upon the accreditation type and level held, act as certifying authorities, in addition to local councils which are also certifying authorities, to issue complying development certificates, construction certificates, subdivision/strata certificates and final occupation certificates. Many engineers are also accredited to issue compliance certificates for works within their field of expertise. In recent years, private building certifiers were responsible for up to 30% of all construction certificates and occupation certificates and almost 50% of all complying development certificates.
As a building owner, property manager, or facility manager, it is important for you to know the status of the Accredited Certifier. Seek recommendations, check references, and contact the BPB to confirm their type, level, accreditation status and history, and nay limitations that may exist on their accreditation.
Building Legislation Table
Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further information on the building control process involving EPAR and essential fire safety measures.