Complying Development Certificate

Complying development is a streamlined process of development approval, which avoids the complication of applying for approval through the 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) outlines 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 accredited 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 Regulation 1994 (EPA Regulation) have been satisfied.

MB Certifications can issue your Construction Certificate after you’ve gained Council approval for your development. This can help to get your project started sooner.

Principal Certifying Authority

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) requires a principal certifying authority (PCA) be appointed before any work is commenced on a development. The PCA’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 PCA. Our staff has extensive experience and qualifications in building surveying, and hold accreditation with the NSW Building Professionals Board.

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 PCA. 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 PCA is able to issue an Occupation Certificate. MB Certifications employs skilled and experienced accredited certifiers that will undertake the mandatory critical stage inspections during your build, and can issue the Occupation Certificate upon satisfaction of these inspections.

Pool Fence Inspections

There have been significant legislative changes when it comes to swimming pools in NSW. Pools now must be registered on the Swimming Pools Register. From April 2014, pool fence compliance certificates are required before properties are sold or leased. Further, an inspection must be carried out to ensure that the pool’s child-resistant barrier is compliant with the Swimming Pools Act 1992.

MB Certifications’ inspectors are qualified in performing pool fence inspections and issuing compliance certificates. We understand how crucial it is that pool fences are compliant in order to prevent injury or death, and we maintain the highest standard when it comes to our assessments.

Why use MB?

MB Certifications is the best option for your development for one simple reason: service.


Our staff and certifiers are accredited with the Building Professionals Board, and understand the building codes, regulations, and legislations. They have years of experience in private certification to draw on in offering expert advice at every stage of your development.

Reliable and Competitive Service

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 hours.

Client-focused Service

Our staff has 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 project and provide clarity so you can put your mind at ease.