Building or renovating

Building inspections and approvals

There are lots of checks and balances involved in building work, and various milestones that need to be reached before progressing from one stage to the next. The person who plays a very important part in making sure that all the boxes are ticked is the building certifier.

The certifier is a highly qualified building industry professional whose role is to check that your builder has complied with the approved building plans and appropriate building standards.

Certifiers can work for local government, or in a private practice as a private certifier. They can:

  • assess and approve plans relating to new or altered buildings
  • inspect construction work at mandatory stages
  • provide certificates of inspection to the homeowner, builder and local authority
  • issue enforcement notices where required
  • give final approval for a building to be occupied.

When is the building certifier not responsible?

Even though certifiers inspect building work on your project, it is not their job to supervise. Similarly, they can’t intervene to make sure that your builder complies with the contract. Their role is to check that your house or renovations meet the right building standards.

Find a licensed certifier

Generally, your builder will organise a certifier to approve building work, but if you do need to find a certifier, we can provide a list.

Complete the List of Licensed Certifiers Request Form (PDF) and return with the $15 fee. Requests are processed within 5 working days.

You can check a certifier’s licence details using the Online Licence Search.