A certifying authority is any consent authority, council or accredited certifier who is authorised to issue a Part 4A certificate pursuant to the requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and Regulations. The certifying authority is responsible for the issue of construction certificates, complying development certificates and subdivision certificates. An accredited certifier appointed to certify building works is the principal certifying authority (PCA). The PCA is responsible for the issue of any compliance certificates and occupation certificates.
Note: Any accredited certifier acting in any role other than certifying authority is being engaged as a consultant in respect to the development (e.g. accredited certifier giving consultancy advice during fire engineering brief process).
If the certifier is acting on behalf of a company or body that has body corporate accreditation, the individual should use the accreditation details of the body corporate when making an application, in accordance with the procedures set by the company/body.
The certifying authority is appointed by the person having the benefit of a development consent or complying development certificate (e.g. development owner), who is responsible for appointing an accredited certifier to undertake the role of certifying authority for their development.
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When a certifying authority receives an application for construction certificate (CC) to which clause 144 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Reg.) applies, the certifying authority must refer certain plans and specifications to Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) within seven (7) days. FRNSW may furnish an initial fire safety report (IFSR) which the certifying authority must consider prior to determining the application for CC and issuing the CC.
When the principal certifying authority receives an application for occupation certificate (OC) for any building to which clause 144 of the EP&A Reg. applies, the certifying authority must request a final fire safety report (FFSR) from FRNSW as soon as practicable after receiving that application. FRNSW may furnish an FFSR which the principal certifying authority must consider prior to determining the application for OC and issuing the OC.
When the certifying authority has a condition imposed upon their accreditation by the NSW Building Professionals Board (BPB) that requires written comment from FRNSW, and clause 144 of the EP&A Reg. does not apply, the certifying authority must request a report from FRNSW. The certifying authority must consider any report furnished by FRNSW before determining the application for certificate.