Construction certificates

Online lodgements are here to stay

The NSW Planning Portal is accepting most building applications.

Find out which applications need to be lodged online.

Temporary structure applications including hoarding and on-site hoisting must be emailed. Download your form and we'll be in touch for the supporting documents.

Before work can start

After development consent has been given, a construction certificate must be obtained before any building work can start.

The certificate verifies that:

  • the detailed construction plans and specifications of the development are in line with the Building Code of Australia.
  • contributions and fees have been paid.
  • development consent conditions are satisfied.

How to apply

Construction certificate applications must be lodged on the NSW Planning Portal.

View our document requirements.

Once your application is complete and accepted for lodgement, we will contact you for payment. Your application will not be considered as lodged until the application fees have been paid. Review our fees and charges and the documents you’ll need to provide.

File format and naming

All documents including plans must be submitted as PDF files no larger than 300MB.  Files need to be supplied with a descriptive file name in line with our digital requirements.


Once received, your application will be allocated to a registered certifier. The certifier will contact you if any further information is required.


The determination will be issued through the NSW Planning Portal, including any supporting documents such as approved stamped plans.

Appointing a principal certifier

After the certificate is issued, a principal certifier must be appointed to monitor the building works to ensure compliance with the approved construction certificate and the conditions of development consent.  If you decide to use the City as the principal certifier, you need to apply on the NSW Planning Portal, after you have obtained your certificate.

Once your appointment form is complete and accepted for lodgement on the NSW Planning Portal, we’ll contact you to payment the inspection fees.

Notice of work commencing must be provided to us at least 48 hours before works begin.

Last updated: Monday, 23 April 2018