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The construction certificate process

Getting a handle on the intricacies of the construction certificate building approval process. 

The construction certificate building approval process can be confusing at times. Here is a breakdown of the building approval process from start to finish.

1. Approval of the development application (DA)

Before applying for a construction certificate, you must obtain approval for your proposed development by submitting a Development Application to the local council or relevant planning authority.

2. Engage a certifier

Once your Development Application is approved, you will need to engage a private certifier to assess and issue the construction certificate.

Fill in and sign the construction certificate application form!

Darook will send the construction certificate application form with the quote.

3. Prepare detailed construction plans

In most cases, the plans approved and stamped by the council will need to be updated to comply with the requirements outlined in the Development Application and demonstrate compliance with applicable building codes, standards, and regulations.

4. Submit the construction certificate application

Lodge your construction certificate application to the certifier, along with all necessary documentation, plans and certificates.

A planning portal submission is required at this point!

5. Construction certificate assessment

The certifier will review the construction certificate application, examining the plans and documentation in detail to confirm compliance with the approved Development Application, relevant building codes and regulations.

7. Construction certificate approval

If your application meets all the requirements, the certifier will issue a construction certificate.

8. Builders insurance or owner builder permit

Gather the necessary builder’s insurance documentation or owner builder permit.

9. Appoint the principal certifier

Required to confirm the certifier who will complete the inspections and issue the occupation certificate.

Fill in and sign the principal certifier application form!

Darook will send the principal certifier appointment form with the construction certificate approval.

10. Submit the principal certifier appointment application

Lodge your appointment application, builders insurance or owner builders permit and any other applicable documentation to the certifier.

A planning portal submission is required at this point!

11. Principal certifier appointment approval

If your application meets all the requirements, the certifier will send the principal certifier application to the council.

12. Construction can start

Two days after the PC appointment has been approved, you can commence construction according to the approved plans and conditions outlined in the certificate.

13. Inspections by the certifier

During construction, the certifier will need to complete mandatory inspections to make sure that the construction is progressing according to the approved plans and complying with relevant regulations and building code.

14. Construction is completed

The construction has been completed by the builder according to the approved plans and complying with the development consent and building code.

15. Prepare occupation certificate documentation

Gather all necessary documentation, including certificates from engineers and trades, survey plans and other relevant information.

16. Final inspection by the principal certifier

A final inspection will be completed by the certifier to confirm that the development has been built in accordance with the development consent, the approved plans and complies with all relevant regulations.

18. Submit the occupation certificate application

Lodge your occupation certificate application to the certifier, along with all necessary documentation, plans and certificates.

A planning portal submission is required at this point!

19. Occupation certificate approval 🎉

If everything is in order, a final occupation certification will be issued.

It’s important to note that the exact process and requirements for a construction certificate and occupation certificate may vary depending on the specific project, jurisdiction and local regulations.

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