Description of terms
Option 1: Construction Certificate
A Construction Certificate is issued after a DA (Development Approval has been obtained from local council).
A DA is the approval of the 'concept' of the project, the idea of "what I want to do and whether local council will allow it".
A Construction Certificate is the approval of the "how i am going to build it"
An Occupation Certificate is the approval of "i have built it according to the Standards and safety requirements".
Option 2: Complying Development Certificate
A Complying Development certificate is an approval for a select range of projects that fit into a strict criteria.
The CDC application bypasses that of a DA and a Construction Certificate, but it is not always the 'easy way out'.
While a Complying Development approval is faster in regards to bypassing council's DA process, in most cases it will take at least 21 days for neighbour notification.
Most CDC applications will need to be initially assessed to determine if a project will fit the strict set of rules. An assessor will need to consult regulatory sources before being able to approve the project as a CDC.
Before deciding if you would like to have your project assessed as a possible CDC approval, you can consult the current legislation to rule out any obvious hurdles.
For any small project NOT a secondary dwelling
For proposed secondary dwellings