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Email Link   Construction Certificate Stage 3 - Determination and Commencement of Work

You will be sent formal determination and a Construction Certificate in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (as amended) together with stamped approved plans and specifications.

A Notice of Commencement form will be enclosed and is to be submitted to Council at least two (2) days prior to commencement of any building work.

A separate letter will be enclosed identifying required inspections including Critical Stage inspections. NOTE: if Critical Stage inspections are not undertaken the law prevents the issue of an occupation certificate.

The construction certificate lapses with the Development Consent under which it was issued unless building work is substantially commenced before the Development Consent lapses.

What to do prior to commencing work?

  1. Make sure there is a Development Consent. Read the consent and comply with the relevant conditions
  2. Make sure there is a Construction Certificate
  3. Make sure a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) has been appointed. A PCA means the authority (Council) or accredited person appointed to carry out inspections and issue Occupation Certificates. NOTE: Only Council is authorised to carry out plumbing and drainage inspections
  4. Make sure your Notice to Start Work form has been submitted
  5. Obtain all relevant permits and other approvals
  6. Make sure that the required signage has been provided to identify the site, builder’s information, PCA, etc.
  7. Make sure that a builder’s toilet is available in accordance with Work Cover requirements
  8. Ensure all environment controls are in place eg sediment fence; hoardings; dust control. The environmental issues you must consider when demolishing, excavating or building are:
    • protecting heritage items and contributory buildings
    • occupational health and safety and public safety
    • good site management including waste management
    • preventing erosion and controlling sediments
    • limiting hours of work to mitigate noise impacts on neighbours
    • limiting hours of work to mitigate traffic and parking impacts on neighbours
    • timing deliveries to mitigate traffic and parking impacts on neighbours
    • provision for storage including chemical storage
    Visit the NSW Workcover and Department of Environment and Conservation websites.
  9. Make sure provisions have been made for construction waste
  10. Tell the neighbours, at least 2 days prior to commencing, that you are about to start work and if an excavation is proposed below the level of the footings of a building on an adjoining allotment the notice must be given in writing to the owner at least seven (7) days before excavation commences
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