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Building inspections
To ensure that construction works have been undertaken in accordance with the National Construction Code (NCC) and relevant standards, building inspections by a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) are often required during the critical stages of construction. The PCA must be nominated prior to starting work if your building works are subject to a Construction certificate or Complying development certificate.

Depending on the type of approval granted for a development, the critical stage inspections will be listed within the:

  • Principal Certifying Authority Agreement;
  • Construction Certificate; or
  • Complying Development Schedule of Inspections.

Types of critical stage inspections
The applicable critical stage inspections will depend on the relevant NCC classification of the development and the development type. The critical stage inspections may be required at any (or all) of the following stages:

  • Footings - after excavation and prior to placement;
  • Frame - prior to covering of any floor, wall, roof or other building element;
  • Waterproofing - prior to covering in any wet areas;
  • Stormwater - prior to covering of drainage connections;
  • Sanitary drainage work - prior to covering;
  • Swimming pool - after construction, once the barrier (where required) has been erected and before the pool is filled with water;
  • In-situ reinforced concrete building element - prior to pouring; and
  • Building work – after work has been completed and prior to the issue of any occupation certificate.

Additional inspections
PCA may also specify, within your PCA agreement, a requirement for additional inspection types depending on the extent and type of works being undertaken. This is to ensure that the work is being carried out to an acceptable standard to ensure the integrity of the development. Additional inspections/re-inspections may also be required as a result of non-compliant works or staged inspections where necessary.

Each additional inspection undertaken throughout the construction phase will incur inspection fees as outlined within Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Booking a building inspection
If you would like to arrange an inspection please contact Council.

To book your inspection you will need to provide the following information to the officer taking your call:

  • type of inspection (refer to your schedule of required inspections);
  • address of where the inspection will take place;
  • contact name and telephone number of the relevant person; and
  • application reference number.

Inspections in Singleton, Singleton Heights, Hunter View, Darlington, Maison Dieu and the Retreat areas may be booked for either morning or afternoon. Inspections in all other areas will be carried out some time on the day requested. You are encouraged to contact the relevant certifier on the morning of the requested day if you require clarification on the estimated inspection time.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290