Complying Development Certificate

Complying development is a streamlined process of development approval, which avoids the complication of applying for approval through your local Council. It combines planning and construction approval, and makes gaining approval quicker and easier. The State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development) 2008 (SEPP) and The State and Environmental Planning Policy (affordable rental housing codes) 2009 (ARHSEPP) outline the prerequisites for complying development, meaning that it is a code-based assessment.

Complying development is available for a variety of development types, including:

  • New houses – single and two-storey
  • Alterations and additions
  • Swimming pools
  • Granny flats and studios
  • Ancillary developments – carports, sheds, garages, pergolas, decks

MB Certifications can provide complying development approvals, saving you the time and cost of applying through the council. We can undertake an assessment of your development to see if it meets the requirements of the relevant SEPPs. Our inspectors are registered and will conduct the mandatory critical stage inspections along the way to ensure that your development is compliant with the relevant legislative requirements.

Construction Certificates

If your development does not qualify as complying development, you will need to make a development application to your local Council. Before any building works can commence, a Construction Certificate is required, which verifies that the relevant provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) have been satisfied.

MB Certifications can issue your Construction Certificate after you’ve gained Council approval for your development. Using MB Certifications for your Principal Certifier needs ensures that you will receive a high level of personalized service that you may not obtain when using your local council.

Principal Certifier

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) requires a principal certifier (PC) be appointed before any work is commenced on a development. The PC’s role is to assess the building’s suitability for occupation in accordance with relevant building standards before issuing an Occupation Certificate.

MB Certifications is suitably qualified to undertake the role of PC. Our staff have extensive experience and qualifications in building surveying, and hold accreditation with the Fair Trading NSW.

Mandatory Critical Stage Inspections and Occupation Certificates

Under cl 162A of the EPA Regulation, there are a number of mandatory critical stage inspections that must be carried out by the PC. These are designed to ensure that the development is built consistent with what has been approved, and that it will meet the accepted standards of health and safety. There are critical inspections required for all types of development, which may include:

  • After the excavation for, and prior to the placement of, any footings
  • Prior to pouring any in-situ reinforced concrete building element
  • Prior to covering of the framework for any floor, wall, roof, or other building element
  • Prior to covering waterproofing in any wet areas
  • As soon as practicable after the barrier has been erected
  • After the building work has been completed and prior to any occupation certificate being issued

Once the development has satisfied all the relevant critical stage inspections, the PC is able to issue an Occupation Certificate. MB Certifications employs skilled and experienced registered certifiers that will undertake the mandatory critical stage inspections during your build, and can issue the Occupation Certificate upon satisfaction of these inspections.

Be sure that you keep up to date with the required inspections for your project as missed inspections may result in the inability to issue an Occupation Certificate for your project.

Why use MB Certifications?

MB Certifications is the best option for your development for one simple reason: service. Our team are extremely service orientated, we strive to provide you with a level of service that will exceed your expectations.

As a private certifier, we offer competitive rates that are commensurate with the level of service we provide. Your job will be allocated to one officer within our professional team. Our staff are highly trained and reliable, and will guide you through every step of the certification process.

We offer an efficient and professional service. Our electronic systems help our staff to turn your job around in a timely manner. Once we receive all the necessary documents, your certificate can often be issued within 24-48 hours.

Our staff have been trained to put customer service and satisfaction as their top priority. We understand that building can be a difficult process, and dealing with a number of different professionals can be overwhelming. MB Certifications can help you manage your projects certification process and provide clarity so you can put your mind at ease.