Buildingwise Private Certification

Buildingwise is a Principal Certifying Authority that is able to certify new construction works on residential Class 1 & Class 10 buildings (e.g. dwellings, alterations & additions to existing dwellings, swimming pools, garages, granny flats, etc)

All certification services are performed by our A3 Accredited Certifier Peter Moroney Accreditation Number 1720.

We can certify residential properties in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens areas.

Buildingwise makes the approval process as easy & as hassle free as possible.

For more info, read on through to the Certification Services We Offer, or click on the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ button below. 

To obtain a quote, call Buildingwise on (02) 4957 8188, send us an email to inspect@buildingwise.com.au or complete our Request a Private Certification Form via the link below. 

The Certification Services We Offer

Issue Construction Certificates

After development consent (DA) has been given by Council, a Construction Certificate must be obtained before any building work can start. The Construction Certificate approval will enable the start of construction works, include the critical inspections of each stage of the construction & we will issue an Occupation Certificate once construction works have been completed. 

Issue Complying Development Certificates

A Complying Development Certificate enables you to get approval without the need to obtain DA approval from Council. It is a fast tracked approval process. The Complying Development Certificate approval will allow you to start construction works, include the critical inspections of each stage of the construction & we will issue an Occupation Certificate once construction works have been completed. 

Issue Occupation Certificates

An Occupation Certificate is required for any new building work, or change of use of a building, that has a Construction Certificate or a Complying Development Certificate. Occupation Certificates are not required for buildings which are classed as exempt development. 

There are two types of Occupation Certificates:

  1. Final Occupation Certificate 
    A Final Occupation Certificate allows commencement of either the occupation or use of a new building (including alterations or extensions), or the new use of an existing building resulting from a change of its use
  1. Interim Occupation Certificate

    An interim occupation certificate allows the commencement of either the occupation or use of a partially completed building, or of a new use of part of an existing building resulting from a change of use for the building.

Issue Swimming Pool Compliance Certificates $250 

A pool compliance certificate or certificate of non-compliance involves our Accredited Certifier inspecting your pool barrier & issuing a pool compliance certificate that is valid for 3 years if the pool barrier is compliant. If the pool barrier is not compliant, we will issue a certificate of non-compliance & identify what needs to be fixed. Once you have fixed the pool barrier, we will charge a small fee of $100 to reinspect & issue the pool compliance certificate.

Under the new requirements, for properties with a swimming pool or spa pool on and after

29 April 2016, you must ensure the contract for sale includes:

  • a valid swimming pool certificate of compliance or a certificate of non-compliance
  • a relevant occupation certificate issued within the last 3 years
    or
  • a valid certificate of non-compliance.

 From 29 April 2016 onwards, when a residential tenancy agreement is entered into for a property with a swimming pool or spa pool, the landlord or real estate agent must provide the tenant with a copy of the valid certificate of compliance or occupation certificate. 

Building Certificate Advice, Building Report & Liaison with Contractors

If there have been any unauthorised/unapproved developments at your property you may require a Building Certificate from Council. Buildingwise can help you meet the requirements of the Council by

  • Providing advice on how to obtain a Building Certificate
  • Providing a building report identifying compliance with current building requirements
  • Liaison with Contractors
  • Liaison with Engineers & other professionals to provide certifications

Issue Other Compliance Certificates

Contact Buildingwise for further information. 

Approval Advice 

Buildingwise is able to provide approval advice on if you need approval, the type of approval needed & approval advice during the planning stages to help ensure your planned development is compliant. 

Certifications – Frequently Asked Questions

I am unsure if I need approval, can you help me?

Buildingwise is able to provide advice on whether your proposed development would need approval. If you need approval, Buildingwise can also let you know the type of approval needed.

For advice on approvals, please call Buildingwise on (02) 4957 8188, send us an email inspect@buildingwise.com.au or fill out our Request for Private Certifying Form.

How do I get a Construction Certificate?

To obtain a Construction Certificate, please call Buildingwise on (02) 4957 8188, send us an email inspect@buildingwise.com.au or fill out our Request for Private Certifying Form.

How do I get a Complying Development Certificate?

To obtain a Complying Development Certificate, please call Buildingwise on (02) 4957 8188, send us an email inspect@buildingwise.com.au or fill out our Request for Private Certifying Form.

Will I need to get a Construction Certificate or a Complying Development Certificate?

Buildingwise is able to provide advice on whether your proposed development would need approval. If you need approval, Buildingwise can also let you know the type of approval needed.

Getting the correct approval will result in your development being legal.

Obtaining advice on approval could also save you thousands of dollars in red tape & several weeks, if not months, of time. For example, if you lodge a DA with the local council for a development that can be classed as complying development, you will have wasted money on the application fee & other documentation that may be required for DA approval, plus the extra time taken to obtain DA approval.

For advice on approvals, please call Buildingwise on (02) 4957 8188, send us an email inspect@buildingwise.com.au or fill out our Request for Private Certifying Form.

The initial approval process can be divided into three categories:

1. Exempt Development – No approval is needed

Some minor building renovations or projects don’t need any planning or building approval. This is called exempt development. Examples of exempt development can include balconies, decks, patios, pergolas, etc.

2. Complying Development – A Complying Development Certificate is required

Developments classed as complying development can be approved without the need to obtain DA approval from the council. A Complying Development Certificate is a form of planning approval that can be issued by an Accredited Certifier, such as Buildingwise.

Examples of complying development can include new dwellings, sheds, granny flats, change of use of buildings, etc.

Once a Complying Development Certificate has been obtained, Critical Stage Inspections will need to be undertaken at various stages throughout the construction works & an Occupation Certificate attained when the development has been completed. 

3. Development Consent – DA is required by the local council & a Construction Certificate is needed.

Where a development proposal cannot be classed as either exempt development or complying development, you will need to lodge a Development Application with the local council to obtain development consent. After you have received DA approval, you will need to obtain a Construction Certificate, which can be provided by Buildingwise.

Once a Construction Certificate has been obtained, Critical Stage Inspections will need to be undertaken at various stages throughout the construction works & an Occupation Certificate attained when the development has been completed.

How can I get a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate?

To obtain a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate, please call Buildingwise on (02) 4957 8188, send us an email inspect@buildingwise.com.au or fill out our Request for Private Certifying Form.

How do I get an Occupation Certificate?

An Occupation Certificate can be obtained if you have received either a Construction Certificate or a Complying Development Certificate & the development has been constructed in accordance with the conditions of the Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate.

To obtain a Complying Development Certificate, please call Buildingwise on (02) 4957 8188, send us an email inspect@buildingwise.com.au or fill out our Request for Private Certifying Form.

Will I need to get an Occupation Certificate?

An Occupation Certificate is required for any new building work, or change of use of a building, that has a Construction Certificate or a Complying Development Certificate. Occupation Certificates are not required for buildings which are classed as exempt development.

There are two types of Occupation Certificates:

  1. Final Occupation Certificate 

A Final Occupation Certificate allows commencement of either the occupation or use of a new building (including alterations or extensions), or the new use of an existing building resulting from a change of its use

 

2. Interim Occupation Certificate

An interim occupation certificate allows the commencement of either the occupation or use of a partially completed building, or of a new use of part of an existing building resulting from a change of use for the building.

To obtain a Complying Development Certificate, please call Buildingwise on (02) 4957 8188, send us an email inspect@buildingwise.com.au or fill out our Request for Private Certifying Form.

What types of development can Buildingwise certify?

Buildingwise is able to certify new construction works on residential Class 1 & Class 10 buildings (e.g. dwellings, alterations & additions to existing dwellings, swimming pools, garages, granny flats, etc.)

Buildingwise can:

  1. Issue Construction Certificates
  2. Issue Complying Development Certificates
  3. Issue Occupation Certificates
  4. Issue Swimming Pool Compliance Certificates
  5. Issue Other Compliance Certificates

Undertake Critical Stage Inspections

Is Buildingwise licensed to do private certifying?

Yes, Buildingwise is a Principal Certifying Authority. Our Director Peter Moroney is an A3 Accredited Certifier Registration Number 1720 with the NSW Building Professionals Board. Peter is also a member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.

Does Buildingwise have any insurance in place?

Yes, Buildingwise has Professional Indemnity Insurance & Public & Products Liability Insurance. We will be happy to email or fax a copy on request.

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