Development Certification

Anyone undertaking building work or planning to subdivide land is responsible for obtaining certificates to show the work complies with relevant legislation and other standards. This process of certification ensures development on LHI is safe, is of the highest standard, and meets industry standards and the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

The Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB) can advise which certificates are required for each development. These certificates are issued by either the LHIB or accredited certifiers - both are experts on technical standards and regulations, though neither is responsible for supervising builders.

Whoever is undertaking the building or subdivision work (usually the leaseholder) can decide whether to appoint the LHIB and/or an accredited certifier as their certifying authority. Once appointed, the certifying authority will inspect and approve - or `certify' - building and subdivision work.

They do this by making sure:

  • detailed plans and specifications for proposed work comply with relevant building standards and development consent requirements;
  • important building elements such as fire safety systems are installed to the required standards;
  • the completed building or subdivision work is safe and healthy to occupy or use.

The certifying authority can issue construction certificates, compliance certificates, complying development certificates and strata certificates.

If work requires a construction certificate or complying development certificate, a principal certifying authority (PCA) must be appointed BEFORE work commences. The PCA will inspect building works during their construction to allow them to issue occupation certificates and subdivision certificates.

Construction Certificate Application Form PDF 545 KB

Notice to Commence Application Form PDF 271 KB