NSW Planning Portal
The NSW Planning Portal was introduced on 1 July 2020 with the intention that from 1 July 2021, all Construction Certificate, Complying Development Certificate and Occupation Certificate applications must be lodged to a Registered Certifier via the Portal. Principal Certifier Appointments must also be completed via the Portal.
The NSW Planning Portal can be accessed at: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/
Each user needs to create their own NSW Planning Portal Account. Step-by-step instructions for creating an account can be found here.
The NSW Government have prepared a number of step-by-step guides to assist you using the portal:
- For a guide to lodging CC Applications, click here;
- For a guide to lodging CDC Applications, click here;
- For a guide to lodging Additional Information for an existing application, click here;
- For a guide to appointing the Principal Certifier, click here;
- For a guide to lodging an OC Application, click here.
How do I select Local Certification as my Certifier?
When lodging your application select “Local Certification Services Pty Ltd“. The ABN is 691 17463840. Please note the office address for Local has been listed as our Narellan Office, this is correct. Your application will still be allocated to the relevant Local office upon receipt.
Do I need to complete the Principal Certifier Appointment?
Yes, you will need to complete the Principal Certifier Appointment in addition to the Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate Application. It is easiest to do this at the time you lodge your CC/CDC Application. You can also make the Occupation Certificate Application at this time.
What are the fees to use the NSW Planning Portal?
There are lodgement fees applicable to certain Planning Portal Applications. These fees are a NSW Government fee and separate to our usual certification fees. More information in relation to this fees can be found at: https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/nsw-planning-portal-service-fees
How long will it take to process my application?
There will be no change in our determination times. We will continue to provide the same level of high quality service with no relay in our processing times.
Do I still need to complete the Local Application Form?
Yes, our Application Form constitutes part of the Certification Contract required by the Building and Development Certifiers Act 2018.
I am lodging a new application and it asks if my development is exempt from the Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020?
This legislation applies to Class 2 development. There is also a list of reasons a Class 2 may be exempt:
1.The building work value (labour and materials) is less than AUD $5,000.
2.The building work is being carried out under a Home Builder Grant.
3.The building work is required by a Council Order issued under the Local Government Act 1993.
4.The building work is required by a Development Control Order issued under division 9.3 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, unless it relates to replacement of external cladding of a building.
5.The building work involves the repair, renovation or protection treatment of the fire safety system to maintain a component of the fire safety system.
6.The building work is wholly exempt from a provision of the Building Code of Australia under a section of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021.
7.The building work involves the repair, renovation or protection treatment of the building, including a mechanical, plumbing or electrical service, to maintain a component of a system in the building.
8.The building work is defined as Exempt Development in an Environmental Planning Instrument.
9.The building work involves the fits outs of commercial / retail spaces only.
Who can help with technical difficulties using the Planning Portal?
Our customer service staff can assist as much as possible however as Registered Certifiers we are also end-users with limited access to the system. Any technical enquiries are best directed to email@example.com or 1300 305 695.