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The role of a private building certifier

The role of a private building certifier

A licensed building certifier is responsible for assessing whether proposed building work complies with the Building Act 1975 and associated codes and standards. The building certifier who issued the building approval must also carry out certain inspections to determine if the building work complies with the approval. Building certifiers will also be able to advise whether a building approval is required. 

All building certifiers must be registered with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. Building approvals require assessment against the Building Code of Australia (forming Volumes 1 and 2 of the National Construction Code) and Queensland’s Building and Plumbing Regulations. These codes and regulations are mainly concerned with issues such as:

The building certifier must also carry out certain inspections at particular stages of construction to determine if the building work complies with the approval. They are responsible for archiving copies of building approvals and certification information with Council of the City of Gold Coast.

The following development approvals cannot be handled by a building certifier and must be obtained through Council:

How to contact a private building certifier

For further information or to start the building approval process, you will need to contact a private building certifier. The City cannot give any recommendations about which certifier to choose, so we would recommend that you refer to the Yellow Pages or White Pages.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission also offers a service on their website called 'finding a licensed certifier'. Further advice on engaging a certifier can also be found at the Department of Housing and Public Works website.

Supervision and quality of the building works

It is the shared responsibility of the contractor and owner to ensure the building work is carried out in accordance with legislated standards. If you have concerns about the quality of the completed building work, we recommend that you contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) on 139 333, which offer a complaint and dispute resolution service. Further information is available on the QBCC website.

Finalising a building approval

Where a condition of the building approval requires the building work to be completed by a particular time, just prior to that time, the private building certifier is required to send a reminder notice that the approval will lapse. If it is not completed by that time, then the approval will lapse.

Your private building certifier may extend the period provided you request the extension before it lapses.

The City highly recommends that you arrange for a final inspection and ensure that you obtain your final certificate to avoid unnecessary future consequences. An approval that has not been finalised has the potential to impact on future property transactions or may affect the outcome of insurance claims. Further, it is the only way to ensure your building work has been inspected at the relevant stages.

 

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