Nominating a Principal Certifier
A Principal Certifier
must be nominated prior to commencement of works if your building works are
subject to a construction certificate or complying development
To lodge either a
Construction Certificate or Complying Development Application with Council,
applications must be made through the NSW Planning Portal.
Certificate is a Post Consent Certificate and is issued after development
consent has been obtained, more information on post consent certificates can be
The role of a Principal Certifier is to undertake critical stage inspections of
the building work in accordance with Section 162A of the Environmental Planning
and Assessment Regulation 2000 - NSW Legislation to be able to issue an Occupation Certificate
at the end of development to allow occupation or use of the structure.
If you would like to appoint Council as the Principal Certifier for your
building work, you will need to arrange to have the Owners or the Person having
Benefit of the consent (not the builder unless you are the owner) sign the
Contract for Certification Work/Appointment of Principal Certifier application
as required by Part 5 of the Building and
Development Certifiers Regulation 2020 - NSW Legislation
A copy of Tamworth Regional
Council’s contract is provided here.
This application is
to be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal.
The contract is to be
signed, executed and contain a declaration confirming the person has freely
chosen to engage the Certifier and agrees to the terms of the contract and
understands the roles and responsibilities for both owner and certifier.
Further information about the role of Certifiers can be obtained from NSW FairTrading.