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Principal Certifier
What is a Principal Certifier?

A Principal Certifier must be engaged, by contract, by the person having benefit of the Development Consent, to undertake the following works.

The functions of Principal Certifier for a development are to:

  • Determine an application for a Compliance Certificate
  • Determine an application for an Occupation Certificate
  • Determine an application for, and issue of, a Subdivision Certificate
  • Carry out of inspection under section 22 of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and issuing certificates of compliance under that Act.

The Principal Certifier is responsible for the following:

  • Undertaking critical stage inspections of building work in accordance with Section 162A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.
  • Administering the conditions of development consent.
  • Promptly advising the applicant after any relevant inspection of any outstanding work.
  • Issuing the applicant with an Occupation Certificate for any building or change of use when the relevant applicant has been lodged.
  • Receiving and investigating any complaints from the public concerning the development.

Council can fulfil the role of Principal Certifier as can many accredited private certifiers. 

To appoint Council as the Principal Certifier the Appointment of Singleton Council as a Principal Certifier Form is required to be completed and submitted to Council before any work commences.

Why Choose Singleton Council as your Principal Certifier?

  • Our certifiers are accredited with Building Professionals Board (BPB) and are subject to the requirements of the current building certification legislation.
  • Singleton Council certifiers have access to a diverse range of property information and application history that can assist applicants when lodging a Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate.
  • Our certifiers work closely with development assessment staff and subdivision engineers. This working relationship is invaluable when working through building construction issues.    
  • Our certifiers will ensure that minimum building standards and development consent requirements are satisfied.
  • Our certifiers provide an efficient and cost effective service.
  • Our certifiers are local and will always be available for our community.


Further Information

For further information about the building approval process and choosing a Principal Certifier, please refer to the NSW Building Professionals Board website.



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