Principal Certifying Authority


The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 requires a Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) to be appointed prior to the commencement of work on a development site.  The PCA can either be a Council certifier or a private accredited certifier.  Once appointed, the principle roles of the PCA are:

  • To ensure compliance with the conditions of the development consent and construction certificate or complying development certificate
  • To carry out critical stage inspections for the development
  • To ensure compliance with the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards
  • To issue an occupation certificate when all required works have been completed and the building is suitable for occupation or use
  • To investigate and take appropriate action for any breaches of legislation

Appoint Council as Principal Certifying Authority