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Wollongong City Council

Certification

After your development is approved you’ll need to appoint a Principal Certifier to oversee work. Every development site has to display a sign with the Principal Certifier’s details on it.

A Principal Certifier has to make sure everything is done correctly throughout a development, like:

  • Making sure the construction plans match the approval
  • Making sure the building work complies with the Building Code of Australia
  • Doing mandatory inspections during the construction
  • Dealing with complaints or issues related to the development
  • Doing a final inspection before issuing an Occupation Certificate.

Wollongong City Council offers a Principal Certifier service at competitive rates. The cost will depend on your project and how many inspections and certificates are required.

To appoint Council as your Principal Certifier, you will need to make a Principal Certifier Appointment Application through the NSW Planning Portal.

Use the button below to submit your application. You will be asked to log in or create an account to get started.

For more information please see the NSW Planning Portal website, or check out their Quick Reference Guides.

Private Certifiers must do the following things when overseeing development:

  • Make sure that the relevant development contributions have been paid to Council for every Complying Development Certificate (CDC) or Construction Certificate.
  • Notify Council of every certificate issued. Certifiers must lodge certificate advice online only through the NSW Planning Portal. Use the button below.
  • Not allow all or part of a new building to be used unless an Occupation Certificate has been issued.
  • Only issue an Occupation Certificate if: 
    • each condition in the development consent or Complying Development Certificate has been met, and
    • all relevant development contributions have been paid to Council.
  • When certifiers tell us that an Occupation Certificate has been issued, they also need to provide all materials that accompanied the application. This includes receipts for payment of any development contributions.
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Parent HierachyArea Fee NameFee Name GSTGST Current Fee (incl. GST)Current Fee (incl. GST)
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Principal Certifying Authority Fees - Subdivison Works (including All Mandatory Inspections) Fee NameMinimum Application Fee GSTN Current Fee$1,995.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Principal Certifying Authority Fees - Subdivison Works (including All Mandatory Inspections) Fee NameApplication Fee per lot GSTN Current Fee$500.00
Parent HierachyDevelopment Assessment | Principal Certifying Authority Fees - Subdivison Works (including All Mandatory Inspections) Fee NameAdditional Inspection Fee – This fee is payable on third inspection of failed mandatory holdpoint. Practical Completion Inspection will not be done until outstanding PCA fees paid GSTN Current Fee$233.00