Construction Certificate

A Construction Certificate certifies that your chosen design and construction materials comply with the Building Code of Australia, and associated standards and codes, and the development is consistent with your Development Application. 

A Construction Certificate must be obtained before starting construction and can be issued by Council or a private certifier. You can apply for a Construction Certificate as part of your Development Application, or after your Development Application has been approved.


Step 1.Register or log in

To apply for a Construction Certificate online, you must register or log in via the NSW Planning Portal.

Register or log in

Step 2.Gather your documents

The type of information that accompanies a Construction Certificate will vary depending on your proposal and site. This may include:

  • Statement of Environmental Effects
  • Site survey
  • Site analysis
  • BASIX certificate (an energy efficiency report that demonstrates sustainability for a new home or alterations and additions greater than $50,000)
  • Other plans such as landscape or drainage plans
  • Specific technical reports

Your Construction Certificate should address all relevant matters, up-front, in your Statement of Environmental Effects. This will help to avoid additional information requests, and will help to ensure an efficient and smooth process.

A range of plans and documents, as outlined in Schedule 1 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, must be submitted with your application. The specific plans and documents required will vary depending on your development.

For advice on what to submit, contact our Customer Service Centre on 4921 0333, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, and ask to speak with a Duty Officer.

Step 3.Apply

Once you've registered and gathered your documents, you can apply online for a Construction Certificate. You'll need to upload electronic versions of the required documentation in order to complete your application.

Apply online

Step 4.Pay

Lodgement fees will be calculated by Council staff and provided to you in writing after we've received your application for a Construction Certificate.

Your Construction Certificate will not be issued until all outstanding fees have been paid.

Please view our guide to estimating cost of works(PDF, 199KB).