Your questions answered

How do I make an application?

To make an application for a construction certificate, complying development certificate or a building certificate, please fill out the relevant form on our Building and development forms webpage

The application can be lodged in a hard copy or on a USB stick/Disk at the Leichardt Service Centre. 

Please contact one of our building certifiers  via email or phone to discuss lodgement and make an appointment to lodge with application with one of our building surveyors  to ensure the process runs smoothly and the application can be determined as efficiently as possible.

How long will it take to assess my application?

The determination time will depend on the type of application you are lodging and the information you submit.

  • Construction Certificates can generally be issued in seven working days 
  • Complying Development Certificates generally take between 10 and 20 days
  • Many Complying Development Applications are subject to a mandatory 14 day neighbour notification period before we can issue our approval

How much will it cost?

Refer to our fees and charges (pages 55-57) however this is indicative only, so please contact us for a free quote. 

When can my building work start?

You cannot start work on your site until either a construction certificate or complying development certificate has been issued and you have appointed Inner West Council Certifiers as the Principal Certifying Authority.

Make sure you review the conditions of your approval as there may be other things you need to do before you start work. It is the applicant's responsibility to notify council and the Principal Certifying Authority at least two days before works commence. Our team can assist with any questions in relation to this to simplify the process and get things moving.

How do I arrange an inspection?

Inspections can be booked a number of ways:

  • Contact our team via phone or email
  • Fill out our online inspection booking form

    Bookings should be made ideally with  24 hours’ notice where possible but our team will aim to accommodate you when this is not possible given our accessibility to the local area.

    How can I track my application?

    If you currently have an application with the Building Certification team you can track its progress with Council’s online application tracking (where available).

    You can also contact a member of the Building Certification team.

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    Page last updated: 17 May 2021