QLD – HENDRY building certifiers provide clients with a Certificate of Classification (form 11) upon the completion of building works stemming from a building approval. We see the need to provide an explanation of the process in obtaining a Certificate of Classification, or an Interim Certificate of Classification as a number of stakeholders are confused or lack adequate knowledge to appreciate what is required in obtaining a Certificate of Classification from a building certifier.

Certificate of Classification : Process

The Building Act 1975 and Building Code of Australia contain the statutory provisions that guide an applicant and building certifier to successfully issue a Certificate of Classification.

Form 11Building Act 1975 – Section 102, in part states:                                                          Division 2 Giving of certificate                                                                          102 Obligation to give certificate of classification on inspection after particular events                                                                                                    (1) This section applies if –                                                                                        (a) the building certifier has inspected the building and –                                            (i) decided that it has been substantially completed; or                                            (ii) given written consent to the occupation of part of the building before all of it has been substantially completed; or                                                                                 (iii) if the development is alterations to an existing building – decided that they have substantially completed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The issuing of an Interim Certificate of Classification is issued by the building certifier pending the carrying out of a final inspection, when due to a building’s location, it is not practicable for a building certifier to inspect a building to decide if it has been substantially competed.

Building Legislation Table

Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information, including a development permit and BFSR 2008.