Critical stage inspections

To ensure that construction works are being undertaken in accordance with the Building Code of Australia and relevant standards, your development may be subject to inspections during critical stages of the development.

Nominating a Principal Certifier

Find out more information about nominating a PCA here.


Where are my required Critical Stage Inspections listed?

Depending on the type of approval granted for your development, your critical stage inspections will be listed within your:

  • Principal Certifying Authority Agreement
  • Development Consent
  • Complying Development Schedule of Conditions

Types of Critical Stage Inspections

Your list of inspections may include any or all of the following:

  • after excavation for, and prior to the placement of, any footings
  • prior to pouring of any in-situ reinforced concrete building element
  • prior to covering of any framework for any floor, wall, roof or other building element
  • Mechanical ventilation ductwork prior to internal lining
  • prior to covering waterproofing in any wet areas
  • prior to covering any stormwater drainage connections
  • retaining walls with drainage in position prior to backfilling
  • after building work has been completed and prior to any occupation certificate being issued in relation to the building
  • after construction of the swimming pool is completed and the barrier (where required) has been erected and before the pool is filled with water
  • after building work has been completed and prior to any occupation certificate being issued in relation to the structure/building

Additional Inspections required during construction

In some cases, additional inspections may be required which will be specified in your PCA agreement. This will depend on the extent and types of works being undertaken, ensuring that all work is carried out to an acceptable standard.

Additional inspections/re-inspections may also be required as a result of non-compliant works or staged inspections where necessary.

Each additional inspection undertaken throughout the construction phase will incur the appropriate inspection fee as outlined in Council's fees and charges.


How do I book Critical Stage Inspections?

If you would like to arrange an inspection, click here to complete our online booking form.

When you book your inspection, please have the following information ready:

  • type of inspection (refer to Consent or PCA Agreement for the inspections required)
  • address of where the inspection will take place
  • contact name and telephone number of the relevant person
  • application reference number
  • construction certificate number
  • development application number
  • complying development certificate number