What Does a Private Certifier Do?
Having the assistance of a Private Certifier during your building or renovation work makes
the approval process efficient and cost-effective.
A Private Certifier is a building professional who can act as a Principal Certifying Authority and is responsible for inspecting and approving the building work to ensure it is in accordance with approved plans and state legislative requirements. The professional can have a building inspection role, and/or can issue certificates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 – including Complying Development Certificates, Construction Certificates, and Occupation Certificates for projects.
In practical terms, a Private Certifier can clearly answer your questions regarding state legislation and complete the approval process for you faster than a Certifier working in a regular practice.
If you are planning to carry out building work or renovation in Sydney or the surrounding areas of Penrith, Blacktown, or the Blue Mountains you may be required, under New South Wales legislation, to obtain approvals and be issued with particular certificates. Some of these certificates, like Complying Development Certificate, for example, must be obtained before any building work commences, including site works such as demolition and excavation.
To obtain approvals and receive the appropriate certificates you can choose to appoint a Private Certifier working in private practice.
The range of certificates includes:
- Complying development certificates – authorising building work where a Development Consent is not required;
- Construction certificates – authorising building work where a Development Consent is required;
- Occupation certificates – permitting the occupation or use of a building.
Advantages with a Private Certifier:
- Making the approval process more efficient and cost-effective. Incomplete or inaccurate information can delay the two-week turnaround time for a Construction Certificate to be issued, for example.
- Private certifiers tend to be faster at getting approvals and certificates processed compared to Certifiers working in a regular practice.
- Private certifiers can answer all your questions about your approval.
If you are located in the areas of Sydney, Penrith, Blacktown, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong, you can take a look at the Guide to the building approvals process released by Building Professionals Board NSW.
It is important that the distinction between the role and responsibility of the Private Certifier and the builder are understood. What a Private Certifier is permitted and required to do is legislated by the government. It is not the Private Certifier’s role to check that the builder or developer has complied in every aspect of the project. Supervising the building construction and the quality of the work is the responsibility of the project manager or the builder.
Building or renovating in Sydney, Penrith, Blacktown, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong areas? Look into the possibility of hiring a Private Certifier to get your work approved quickly and efficiently.