FAQs

What is a Development Application (DA)?

A DA is normally lodged with the local Council. In a DA you are seeking approval of a concept. E.g. to use the land for a dwelling or a shopping centre. If your application is approved or consented to you do not have approval to build until you obtain a Construction Certificate.

What is Development Consent?

Development Consent is the approval of the DA. It generally has a DA reference number, a date of endorsement, a date of expiration and will provide a list of conditions that must be adhered to.

What is a Construction Certificate?

A Construction Certificate is your approval to build and can be obtained from South Coast Building Approvals and Inspections after you have obtained Development Consent for your project.

What is an Accredited Certifier?

An Accredited Certifier is a person who has been accredited by the Building Professionals Board of NSW. Accredited Certifiers are responsible for issuing the Construction Certificate. This involves assessing the submitted information and supplying the approval to start building.

What is the Principal Certifying Authority (PCA)?

The PCA undertakes the critical stage inspections of thebuilding projectand will assess compliance with the approved plans. The PCA is also responsible for determining whether an Occupation Certificate can be issued to enable the building to be occupied. The PCA can be the Accredited Certifier who issued the Construction Certificate or another Accredited Certifier.

What is a Complying Development Certificate (CDC)?

A CDC can be obtained by making application to South Coast Building Approvals and Inspections. A CDC can be issued in circumstances where the proposed building works meet specific predetermined criteria set by the NSW State Government. A CDC negates the need to go through the process of applying for a Development Consent and Construction Certificate.

What is Exempt Development?

Exempt Development is building works that are of such a minor nature that neither Development Consent, a Complying Development Certificate or a Construction Certificate is required. The works must meet specific predetermined criteria.

When Do I Need a Bushfire Assessment And Report?

If your property is mapped as being “bushfire prone land” by the local council you will probably need a bushfire report to submit with your development application. Check with your local Council to find out.

What is a Home Warranty Insurance Inspection?

Should an owner-builder decide to sell their home within 6 years after completion of the work, the owner-builder will need to take out home warranty insurance where the market value of the whole project (including labour and materials) was valued at over $20,000. For home warranty insurance purposes, owner-builder work is taken to have been completed on the date of the final inspection by the principal certifying authority or (if there is no such final inspection), 6 months after the issue of the owner-builder permit for the work. A home warranty insurance inspection iscarried out by us on behalf of the owner builder so that they can obtain home warranty insurance.

What is an Owner Builders Permit?

An Owner Builders Permit is required where the reasonable market cost of building works(including labour and materials) exceeds $10,000 and a licensed building contractor has not been engaged. The permit can be obtained from the Department of Fair Trading. If the market cost exceeds $20,000 you can only obtain an Owner Builder’s Permit after successfully completing an Owner Builder’s course run by an approved provider.

What is Home Warranty Insurance?

Home warranty insurance is required to be obtained where the contract price is over $20,000 or, if the contract price is not known, the reasonable market cost of the labour and materials involved is over $20,000.

What is the Long Service Levy (LSL)?

The LSL is a NSW Government levy on building and construction work costing $25,000 and above. The levy is paid by the owners of a building or construction project into a fund administered by the Building and Construction Industry Long Service Payments Corporation, and from this fund, the Corporation makes long service payments to building and construction workers. The current levy rate is 0.35 % of the value of building and construction works costing $25,000. South Coast Building Approvals and Inspections can organise to pay the levy on your behalf.

What is the Building Code of Australia (BCA)?

The BCA is produced by the Australian Building Codes Board and it contains the minimum technical requirements/standards that a building must achieve.

What is a Building Certificate?

A Building Certificate is a certificate that may be issued by Council upon application. I issued the certificate will state that for a period of 7 years Council will not serve specific orders on the building the subject of the certificate.

What are Section 94 Contributions?

These are contributions paid to council for developments that increase the need for public services. In theory it is used for providing public facilities such as parks, library resources etc.