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Private Certification

All building work classed as ‘development’ requires a development approval under the Development Act 1993. An approval usually consists of two or more consents being a planning consent and a building rules consent.

Private certifiers can perform the same duties as councils in relation to granting building rules consent and limited planning consent. All private certifiers must be registered and adhere to a code of practice.

A registered private certifier possesses building surveying and/or planning qualifications, has demonstrated experience in assessing various types of buildings and holds a policy for professional indemnity insurance.

About private certification


A private certifier can perform the following duties:

  • assess proposed residential code developments
  • issue development plan consent for residential code developments
  • assign building classifications
  • assess proposed developments against the building rules
  • grant building rules consent
  • impose conditions to which the building work must be constructed
  • issue schedules for essential safety provisions
  • issue certificates of occupancy.

Development plan consent (other than residential code developments) or development approval cannot be issued by a private certifier. Development approval is issued by the council for the area in which the development is proposed. In some cases the SCAP is the relevant authority.

Private certifiers must comply with the requirements prescribed in the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008 and abide by the standards of professional conduct set out in the code of practice - (71.7 KB PDF).

A person must be registered in order to practice as a private certifier. A register of private certifiers is maintained by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

A written agreement is required to engage the services of a private certifier.

If you are not the owner of the land, before you engage a certifier you need to:

  • in the case of a house (class 1a), obtain the written consent of the land owner
  • in any other case, notify the land owner that you propose to engage a certifier

The agreement is usually in the form of a pro-forma and should outline the services to be provided, including the fee that will be charged. The fee charged will be by agreement between the two parties.

Upon being engaged to carry out the building rules assessment, the private certifier will notify the relevant council of their engagement.

Disengaging a private certifier

To cancel the engagement of a private certifier before the certifier has completed the work, written consent must be obtained from the Minister for Planning.

If a private certifier resigns, the application can be referred to the council or, alternatively another private certifier may be engaged. To engage another private certifier, written consent or direction must be obtained from the Minister for Planning.

If you believe that a private certifier has failed to comply with or violated the Development Act 1993, Development Regulations 2008 or the Code of Practice then a complaint can be lodged with the Minister for Planning via the Registration Authority.

A complaint must:

  • be in writing
  • contain particulars of the allegations on which the complaint is based
  • be verified by statutory declaration, which means that the statement of claim must be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.

A complaint can be submitted to the registration authority:

Post:

Registration Authority for Private Certifiers
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
GPO Box 1815
Adelaide SA 5001

Email:

DPTI.PDBuildingBranch@sa.gov.au

Reporting under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Act 2012

Private certifiers are also designated as public officers under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Act 2012.

Third Party Audit Services auditors, council employees and private certifiers must make a report to the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) regarding any public officer conduct that is reasonably suspected to be corruption, and serious or systemic misconduct or maladministration.

More information can be found on the OPI website.

Information for private certifiers


A person can apply for registration as a private certifier to perform work in relation to building rules assessment and/or residential code development assessments.

Applications for registration can be made under the Development Act 1993 or the Mutual Recognition Act 1992:

  • If applying under the Development Act 1993, a person must have:
    • current accreditation as a Building Surveyor issued by an approved building industry accreditation authority and at least 8 years appropriate experience; or
    • a corporate membership of the Urban and Regional Planning Chapter of the Planning Institute of Australia Incorporated.
  • The Development Act 1993 also allows a person to seek to have their qualifications and experience approved by the Minister for Planning. Once approved, an application can be lodged with a copy of the Minister's approval.
  • If applying under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992, a person must have substantive registration in an equivalent occupation in one or more interstate jurisdictions and must not be the subject of any disciplinary proceedings in any jurisdiction.

A person must also hold a professional indemnity insurance policy as prescribed in regulation 93 that satisfies the requirements of Schedule 23 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Conditions may be applied at the time of registration depending on the type of application or insurance policy, for example:

  • a person who applies for registration under the Mutual Recognition Act 1992 may have a condition applied that reflects their interstate level of registration or accreditation
  • a person who applies for registration to only perform work related to residential code developments will have a condition applied that details their limitations to only residential code developments
  • a person who applies for registration and has an exclusion on their professional indemnity insurance policy will have a condition applied detailing their limitations based on their insurance policy

In certain circumstances, conditions may also be applied, varied or removed after registration. This may occur as a result of:

  • an investigation into a Regulation 103 complaint
  • disciplinary action from an interstate jurisdiction
  • a change to a persons accreditation level

Applications for registration as a private certifier must include:

The application fee is prescribed in Schedule 6 the Development Regulations 2008.

Applications for registration as a private certifier are made to the registration authority:

Post:

Registration Authority for Private Certifiers
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
GPO Box 1815
Adelaide SA 5001

Email:

DPTI.PDPractitionerRegistration@sa.gov.au

In order to continue practicing, private certifiers must renew their registration annually.

On or before their expiry date, private certifiers must provide the registration authority with:

  • a completed application for renewal of registration form - (279.6 KB PDF)
  • a copy of a new/renewed certificate of currency for professional indemnity insurance
  • a copy of a new/updated insurance policy - including any referenced schedules and policy wording with any exclusions
  • a copy of a renewed accreditation certificate (if applicable)
  • confirmation that any audit findings have been addressed (if applicable)
  • payment of a renewal fee - $76.00

The renewal of registration fee is prescribed in Schedule 6 of the Development Regulations 2008.

Applications for renewal of registration as a private certifier can be submitted to the registration authority:

Post:

Registration Authority for Private Certifiers
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
GPO Box 1815
Adelaide SA 5001

Email:

DPTI.PDPractitionerRegistration@sa.gov.au

Where a private certifier fails to renew their registration on or before their expiry date or if such event have occurred that the person is no longer entitled to be registered (eg, lapsed accreditation or insurance), the registration authority will remove the certifier from the Register and the certifier may no longer practice until they are reinstated.

Under Regulation 93A(8) a certifier has 10 business days with which to rectify or provide appropriate evidence that they remain entitled to be registered before the registration authority can commence the de-registration process.

Private certifiers must comply with the requirements prescribed in the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008, including abiding by the standards of professional conduct set out in the code of practice - (71.7 KB PDF).

To ensure a private certifier is complying with the relevant requirements, private certifiers are subject to auditing. An audit will also ensure that private certifiers are:

  • acting within the conditions of their registration; and
  • abiding by the standards of professional conduct set out in the code of practice - (71.7 KB PDF).

The audits are performed by an independent auditor nominated by the Minister for Planning. Private certifiers are contacted by the auditor advising of the audit and to agree on the timing.

Private certifiers are also designated as public officers under the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (ICAC) Act 2012.

Third Party Audit Services auditors, council employees and private certifiers must make a report to the Office for Public Integrity (OPI) regarding any public officer conduct that is reasonably suspected to be corruption, and serious or systemic misconduct or maladministration.

More information can be found on the OPI website.

The audit approach is risk-based and focuses on the risk areas related to the assessment process.

The following publications provide advice on the purpose of the audits, the audit process, explanation of the relevant provisions in the legislation, the conduct of technical checks, potential outcomes and other information associated with an audit:

Register of private certifiers


Registration Name Company Contact Number Conditions
PC063 Bruce Short DixGardner Group Pty Ltd (07) 5504 7984 No
PC135 Rodney Smith TT Building Consultants Pty Ltd 0423 832 217 No
PCP015 Jordan Leverington Merit Planning and Building Design Pty Ltd 0409 672 404 Yes
PC067 Barrie Titheradge Building Surveying and Certification Professionals 0431 319 955 No
PC026 Grant Riches Professional Building Services (08) 8374 2211 No
PC038 Kym Rowland Ksquared Building Surveying Consultants 0417 844 901 No
PC126 Kym Overall Overall Building Approvals 0421 053 118 Yes
PC087 Brent Williams Brent WIlliams and Associates (03) 5023 5136 No
PC122 Peter Shaw BSGM Consulting Building Surveyors (03) 9421 0421 No
PC027 Sozomenos Nikias Nikias Certification (08) 8357 9216 Yes
PC119 Stephen Maloney All Australian Building Permits Pty Ltd (03) 8676 0683 No
PCP001 David Barone Jensen PLUS (08) 8338 5511 Yes
PC016 Demetrius Poupoulas D.P. Poupoulas and Associates Pty Ltd 0415 874 436 No
PC028 Rocco Ciancio Independent private certifier (08) 8390 1809 No
PC043 Neil Kirkham KBS Consultants (08) 8274 1500 No
PCP011 Matthew King Urban and Regional Planning Solutions Pty Ltd (08) 8333 7999 Yes
PC124 Edward Knight Knisco Development Services Pty Ltd 0421 822 577 No
PC111 Andrew Harman Philip Chun and Associates Pty Ltd 0407 110 962 Yes
PCP005 Simon Grose Advantage Planning Services 0400 024 550 Yes
PC090 Anthony (Terry) Bush ACB Consulting Pty Ltd (08) 7324 5617 No
PC019 Peter Harmer Katnich Dodd (08) 8273 0888 No
PC032 Duncan Cooke Project Building Certifiers Pty Ltd (08) 8362 7800 No
PC088 James Boyce Boyce Built Environment (02) 6552 3608 No
PC052 David Vandborg David Vandborg Building Surveyors 0428 141 404 No
PC071 Antony Rickards Philip Chun Pty Ltd 0411 557 706 Yes
PC131 Mathew Hopwood-Glover Frankston City Council 0400 072 020 Yes
PC116 Peter Hofstetter Certis Pty Ltd (07) 3144 4600 No
PC089 Peter Dounas Hendry Group Pty Ltd (08) 8941 9227 No
PC082 Michael Moran Philip Chun and Associates Pty Ltd 0419 641 867 Yes
PC108 David Madeira Group Four Building Surveyors Pty Ltd 0410 632 830 No
PC044 Andrew Cialini BuildSurv (08) 8223 4028 No
PC018 Reparato Giordano Giordano Certification (08) 8332 3777 Yes
PC011 Rene Arens Tonkin Consulting Pty Ltd 0409 695 799 No
PC051 Lee Tyers Lee Tyers Building Surveyors (03) 6229 2440 No
PC079 Antony Griffin Hendry Group (Vic) Pty Ltd (03) 8417 6500 No
PC034 David Nash Tonkin Consulting Pty Ltd (08) 8110 2220 Yes
PC099 Stephen Murray Acrocert Pty Ltd (02) 4933 5626 No
PC134 Veluppillai Nandacumaran Nanjey Building Consultants Pty Ltd 0412 548 150 No
PC072 Christopher Wiltshire Blueprint Certifiers and Designers Pty Ltd 0402 022 636 No
PC103 Luke Trento Trento Fuller Building Certifiers and Consultants (08) 7071 7106 No
PC053 Peter Meline Adelaide Hills Development Services (08) 8391 3954 No
PC091 Narinder Singh Singh Consulting Pty Ltd (03) 9653 6490 No
PC042 George Capetanakis George Capetanakis Building Consultants (08) 8293 7346 No
PC128 Daryl Sexton Woodlands Consultancy Services (Aust) Pty Ltd 0419 990 531 No
PC030 Graham Brown Evans and Brown Building Consultants Pty Ltd (08) 8278 3486 No
PC073 Paul Giordano Giordano Certification (08) 8332 3777 Yes
PC015 John Mazzarolo JMM Consultants 0419 817 243 No
PC013 George Zillante Independent private certifier (08) 8337 5742 No
PCP007 Michael Osborn Fyfe Pty Ltd 0408 808 143 Yes
PCP017 Thomas Gregory Ben Green and Associates 0410 506 877 Yes
PC132 Nicola Jackson Newland Wood Certification Pty Ltd 0448 882 921 No
PC113 Grant Johnsen Fluid Approvals 0421 512 566 Yes
PC005 Ian Dodd Katnich Dodd (08) 8273 0888 No
PC020 Alan Taylor KBS Consultants (08) 8274 1500 No
PC115 Kirk Pascoe Tecon Australia Pty Ltd 0430 053 550 No
PC130 Garry McCoy Aussie Building Inspection Consultants 0484 131 058 No
PC114 Prabhakaran Ponniah Certis Pty Ltd (07) 3144 4600 No
PC037 Carlo Scinto Carlo Scinto and Associates Pty Ltd (08) 8362 6899 No
PC080 Ilias Sotiropoulos Building Certification Approvals (SA) Pty Ltd 0416 733 293 No
PC133 Blake Christy CertOne Pty Ltd 0466 339 330 Yes
PC064 Lee Kippax Building Control Group (02) 8347 0211 No
PC136 Robert Mack Build Cert SA 0431 938 068 No
PCP009 David Hutchison Access Planning (SA) Pty Ltd 0418 832 334 Yes
PC057 Vittorio (Vic) Barone Katnich Dodd (08) 8273 0888 No
PCP016 Andrew Cronin AcroPLAN (SA) Pty Ltd 0416 839 459 Yes
PC123 Richard Read Independent Private Certifiers 0411 249 788 No
PC070 Betty Douflias Building Development Certifiers 0427 980 036 No
PCP014 Benjamin Green Ben Green and Associates 0410 147 541 Yes
PC117 Jayden Wood McKenzie Consulting Group Pty Ltd (03) 9247 0400 No
PCP003 Garth Heynen Res Code Certifiers SA Pty Ltd (08) 8272 0911 Yes
PC100 Simon Singleton SA Building Approvals and Consultants 0417 822 250 No
PCP022 Mark Kwiatkowski Adelaide Planning and Development Solutions 0499 933 311 Yes
PC058 Brett Fennell BuildSurv (08) 8223 4028 No
PC086 Tomas Januskevicius Hendry Group Pty Ltd (08) 7425 1000 No
PC061 Troy Olds Tecon Australia Pty Ltd (08) 8228 1688 No
PC050 Andrew Romaniuk Andrew Romaniuk Pty Ltd (08) 8352 3273 No
PCP020 Fabian Barone Future Urban Group 0423 490 724 Yes
PCP008 Matthew Falconer Urban Planning and Design Pty Ltd 0431 155 785 Yes
PCP023 Jake Vaccarella Independent private certifier 0409 701 595 Yes
PC110 Tony Heaslip Blackett Maguire and Goldsmith Pty Ltd (02) 9211 7777 No
PCP021 Callum Little CL Planning Pty Ltd 0406 950 319 Yes
PC076 Timothy Anderson Anderson Group Building Surveyors and Consultants (03) 5022 8196 No
PC112 Peter Dewick National Certifiers 0478 759 631 No
PCP018 Bill Stefanopoulos Town Planning Advisors 0478 509 777 Yes
PCP006 Nick Simos SA Urban and Regional Planning 0411 096 597 Yes
PC118 Jessica Edge Philip Chun and Associates Pty Ltd 0431 068 864 Yes
PC137 Qian Wang Independent Private Certifier 0420 663 980 Yes
PC084 Adam DeLooze City Plan Services Pty Ltd 0414 320 058 No
PC106 Jeffrey Shillabeer Salisbury Development Services Pty Ltd 0419 801 709 No
PC120 Michael Madeira Group Four Building Surveyors Pty Ltd (03) 9544 0544 No
PC129 Peter Xerri Building Rules Consent Private Certifiers Pty Ltd 0422 406 348 Yes
PC105 Leon Newland Mackie Construction Consultants Pty Ltd 0491 262 719 No
PC055 Stan Tsantis McKenzie Group Consulting Pty Ltd (03) 9247 0400 Yes
PC097 Bradley Willmott Willmott Building Certification Pty Ltd (08) 7231 1800 No
PCP004 Angela Davison Town Planning HQ Pty Ltd (08) 8358 5346 Yes
PC012 Wayne Murphy Murphy Design (08) 8524 5510 No
PC138 Mark Basilios Fitout Permits Australia 0431 763 570 No
PC068 Olivier Michel Michel Group (Aust) Pty Ltd (03) 9786 6946 No
PCP019 Brendan Fewster Brendan Fewster Planning and Development 0447 381 121 Yes
PCP013 Simon Channon Urban and Regional Planning Solutions Pty Ltd (08) 8333 7999 Yes
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