Ok, now I know why I need a building certifier but what exactly do they do?
Firstly, a building certifier will inspect your plans and supporting documents and complete what’s called a ‘preliminary study’. From here, you will receive an Information Request outlining everything required to obtain a successful Decision Notice for your project.
This is where it is up to you. Collecting all the relevant requested documentation may seem time consuming but the process is far easier to do at the beginning then retrospectively if you get a ‘show cause notice’. Remember to keep records over the life of your ownership – this helps with queries in the future and also aids the selling process down the track.
A building certifier is authorised to issue you with the following documentation:
- Building permit (Northern Territory)
- Decision notice (Queensland)
- Inspection certificates
- Final occupancy permit (Northern Territory)
- Alternative solutions
- Siting applications
- Informant notices
HINT: It is important to do your research and shop around, private certifiers can often offer you better deals, better customer experience and shorter time-frames. Check google reviews and ask for a referral!
Whether you are building your dream home, an entertainers’ patio or simply a shed out the back, your first stop should be asking a professional for advice. Some building project, not many, but some don’t require a certifier however a simple phone call or email asking for guidance will eliminate the stress going forward.
For more information on roles and responsibilities of a certifier, visit the QBCC website.
A building certifier must ensure structures are safe to the public and that all laws, building codes and regulations are met.