FAQ's

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

What is a private certifier?

The state government introduced private certification in 1999 to allow competition in the building approval process. Previously the only option was to apply to Council for construction certificates.

A private certifier can issue a construction certificate or complying development certificate for building work. Only Council can issue Development Approvals.

 

What is the advantage of using a Private Certifier?

Competition.

People employed in private enterprise will always strive harder to gain and keep your business. They will provide a much faster approval time because their livelihood depends on it.

You are a valuable client to a private certifier. With council, you are just another customer.

Private certifiers must achieve a higher standard of technical competence to gain their accreditation under the Building Professionals Act. The council accreditation system is much less stringent.

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