Building certification industry: forms and resources

This page has forms and guidance for people working in building, construction and building certification in the Northern Territory (NT).

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Application for building permit PDF (88.7 KB)Application for building permit DOCX (45.8 KB)
Application for certificate of exemption and guidelines
PDF (92.8 KB)

Form and guidelines
Application for certificate of exemption and guidelines
DOCX (36.7 KB)

Form only
Application for certificate of existence
PDF (100.6 KB)
Application for certificate of existence
DOCX (54.3 KB)
Application for certificate of substantial compliance
PDF (77.9 KB)
Application for certificate of substantial compliance
DOCX (50.4 KB)
Application for occupancy permit
PDF (71.8 KB)
Application for occupancy permit
DOCX (46.8 KB)
Authority to access building forms PDF (112.6 KB)Authority to access building forms DOCX (689.7 KB)
Builders declaration and guidelines
PDF (65.9 KB)

Form and guidelines
Builders declaration and guidelines
DOCX (25.5 KB)

Form only
Building and occupancy permit register
PDF (22.2 KB)
Building and occupancy permit register
XLS (25.5 KB)
Declaration by corporation after a prescribed event and guidelines
PDF (126.6 KB)

Form and guidelines
Declaration by corporation after a prescribed event and guidelines
DOCX (23.6 KB)

Form only
Evidence of building contract
PDF (54.3 KB)
Evidence of building contract
DOCX (26.2 KB)
Final inspection certificate
PDF (42.7 KB)
Final inspection certificate
DOCX (23.1 KB)
Glazing certificate
PDF (130.8 KB)
Glazing certificate
DOCX (22.8 KB)
Inspection certificate
PDF (19.7 KB)
Inspection certificate
DOCX (25.7 KB)
Plumber and drainer status report
PDF (68.2 KB)
Plumber and drainer status report
DOC (32.0 KB)
Progress payment agreement
PDF (75.8 KB)
Progress payment agreement
DOCX (33.5 KB)
Request for certified copy
PDF (147.6 KB)
Request for certified copy
DOCX (59.7 KB)
Section 40 hydraulic construction certificate
PDF (110.7 KB)
Section 40 hydraulic construction certificate
DOCX (35.9 KB)
Section 40 hydraulic design certificate
PDF (32.1 KB)
Section 40 hydraulic design certificate
DOCX (40.0 KB)
Section 40 mechanical construction certificate
PDF (24.7 KB)
Section 40 mechanical construction certificate
DOCX (36.0 KB)
Section 40 mechanical design certificate
PDF (41.2 KB)
Section 40 mechanical design certificate
DOCX (39.2 KB)
Section 40 plumbing and drainage construction certificate
PDF (114.2 KB)
Section 40 plumbing and drainage construction certificate
DOCX (39.7 KB)
Section 40 plumbing and drainage design certificate
PDF (25.2 KB)
Section 40 plumbing and drainage design certificate
DOCX (39.3 KB)
Section 40 structural construction certificate
PDF (28.3 KB)
Section 40 structural construction certificate
DOCX (36.6 KB)
Section 40 structural design certificate
PDF (41.5 KB)
Section 40 structural design certificate
DOCX (40.0 KB)
Section 40 certificate - post construction
PDF (80.4 KB)
Section 40 certificate - post construction
DOCX (44.9 KB)

Go to the Building Appeals Board website for the following forms:

  • application for modification of siting regulations - also known as building setbacks
  • applications for alternative solution decision applications - also known as disability access decisions
  • notices of appeal - decision of a building practitioner or the Director of Building Control.

Read below to find out about building policies and guidelines.

Building Advisory Committee

For detailed information on Building Advisory Committee policies for shade structures, roller doors and blinds, air-conditioners, water heaters and installation of photovoltaic panels, go to the policies page on the Building Advisory Committee website.

Building certification moratorium and travel subsidy

The NT Government placed a moratorium on enforcement action for non-compliance under the Building Act, including a subsidy for building certifiers travelling to regional and remote Tier 2 building control areas.

The moratorium was in place from 28 April 2009 to 30 June 2016. The travel subsidy scheme also ended on 30 June 2016.

Claims for the travel subsidy are no longer being accepted.

Building notes

Building notes are published by the Director of Building Control.

They give information about the start of and changes to regulatory requirements, help to interpret legislation, and specific aspects of legislation and policy.

See the list of building notes.

Building policies and guidelines

Policies and guidelines are published by the Director of Building Control.

Occupancy certification guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide guidance to building certifiers, other building practitioners, owners and owners’ agents about the three different levels of occupancy certification in the NT Building certification system.

The focus of the guidelines is in relation to the assessment of certificates of substantial compliance and certificates of existence.

Go to the Occupancy Certification Guidelines PDF (269.0 KB) for more detailed information.

A presentation was delivered to industry and public groups during April and May 2016.

The presentation:

  • explains the three different levels of occupancy certification and includes references to different building work scenarios
  • explains some additional obligations that have been placed on building certifiers and owners agents relating to the provision of information about the different levels of compliance
  • discusses the impact of the reforms on the building certification system.

Read about the occupancy certification system post  moratorium reforms.

In all material respects policy

Building certifiers must be satisfied that all the important aspects of the building work are in place in all material respects at the time of inspection and are in accordance with the building permit and approved plans.

Get the policy document regarding the term 'in all material respects' PDF (924.9 KB)

Get the guidelines for inspecting class 1 to class 10 buildings or structures PDF (125.6 KB).

Read below to find out about building information and resources you can get online.

Australian Building Codes Board

The Australian Building Codes Board is responsible for publishing the National Construction Code (NCC).

Go to the Australian Building Codes Board website to read about national seminars and to access tools and calculators for building practitioners.

National Construction Code Online

Go to the Australian Building Codes Board website to view the National Construction Code that incorporates all building and plumbing requirements into a single code for Australia.

Australian Standards

Go to the SAI Global InfoStore website to purchase and download copies of Australian Standards.

Plumbing and Drainage Set - AS/NZS 3500

This standard complements the Plumbing Code of Australia.

This standard is mainly for use by the general plumbing industry to help interpret plumbing and drainage standards.

It covers water supply from the reticulation main into the premises, including hot-water service systems, sanitary fixtures, drainage and their associated water and waste fittings, pipe systems and associated components.

Go to the SAI Global InfoStore website to purchase and download AS/NZS 3500 - Plumbing and Drainage Set.

Building Approvals Online system

Building certifiers can use this NT government system to reserve permit numbers, lodge documentation, lodge time extensions for registered permits and cancel building permits.

You will get a username and password for the system when you apply for or renew your registration as a building certifier.

Log in to the Building Approvals Online system.

Get the Building Approvals Online user guide PDF (2.3 MB) for detailed information on using the system.

Building control areas

There are requirements for building in areas of the NT that are declared building control areas.

Use the Northern Territory Government's online tool to check if land is in a building control area.

Building practitioner registration check

To check the registration details of a practitioner or to locate practitioners in your area, go to the Building Practitioners Board website.

For information about a practitioner that is not listed in the register, call the registrar of the Building Practitioners Board on 08 8936 4082.

Deemed To Comply Manual

The NT Deemed to Comply Manual is referenced in the National Construction Code, Volume 2, Part 3.10.1 as an acceptable construction manual for high-wind areas.

The manual contains products or systems which have been assessed for structural adequacy for cyclonic wind loads and approved by the NT Building Advisory Committee.

The approved drawings in the manual meet the structural requirements of the NT Building Act and are accepted by architects, builders, building certifiers, designers, engineers and other building professionals.

For more information get the application of the NT Deemed to Comply Manual building note PDF (2.0 MB).

Go to the Building Advisory Committee website to search for products in the Deemed to Comply Manual.

Energy Efficiency Peer Review System - Building Codes Queensland

You can get a guide to assessing energy efficiency in sustainable housing using a peer review process. Go to the Queensland Government's Department of Housing and Public Works website.

Planning and development assessment

Read the NT Planning Scheme for information about policy on land use and development.

This section has forms and guidelines for approved self-certifiers.

A self-certifier is someone approved by the Director of Building Control to build certain types of products or systems such as garden sheds, carports, fences or shade structures.

A self-certified product or system is exempt from requiring building approval or occupancy certification if all of the following conditions are met:

  • the product or system has been approved for self-certification by the Director of Building Control
  • the construction or installation is carried out by the approved self-certifier
  • the self-certifier complies with the policies, procedures and instructions issued by the Director of Building Control.

Read more about building a garden shed, carport, fence or shade structure .

Self-certification information guide

This guide provides information and guidance on the legal and administrative requirements for self-certifiers and has been approved as a formal guideline under the Building Act.

Read the Self-Certification Information Guideline PDF (811.9 KB).

Forms

The forms below are for the use of self-certifiers or people wanting to become a self-certifier.

PDF File Word File
Self-certification check sheet PDF (16.3 KB)Self-certification check sheet DOCX (31.8 KB)
Application to build self-certified product or system PDF (44.6 KB)Application to build self-certified product or system DOCX (38.1 KB)
Application to be a self-certifier of a product or system PDF (67.0 KB)Application to be a self-certifier of a product or system DOCX (256.4 KB)

Contact Building Advisory Services for the following forms. These forms are only available to approved self-certifiers:

  • Certificate of self-certification
  • Terms of self-certification.

You can find current and historic legislation on the NT legislation database. This includes the following legislation that is often referred to in relation to building certification:

Historic legislation

Historic acts, ordinances and regulations are listed below to help people who are reviewing and investigating historical compliance requirements.

The list does not cover all building-related legislation. You should make sure that the information below is relevant and accurate for your requirements.

Ordinance/ActNumber and yearDate of commencementComments
Building Act 1980 PDF (1.3 MB) 1 May 1980Building Act 1936 is repealed
Building Act 1981 PDF (939.8 KB) 9 January 1981Building Ordinance 1936 is repealed
Building Ordinance 1936 PDF (494.9 KB)No.3 of 19365 March 1936Building Regulations 1924 and the regulations dated 11 March 1927 under the Health Ordinance 1915-1924 are repealed
Building Ordinance 1955 PDF (785.5 KB)No.22 of 195525 November 1960Building Ordinance 1936 is repealed- assented 20 December 1955
Building Ordinance 1961(Building Ordinance 1955- 1961) PDF (470.1 KB)No. 9 of 19624 April 1962An Ordinance To amend the Building Ordinance 1955 – assented 21 March 1962
Building Ordinance 1964 PDF (39.1 KB)No. 15 of 19649 April 1964 
Building Ordinance 1967 PDF (28.6 KB)No. 21 of 196722 June 1967An ordinance to amend the Building Ordinance 1955-1964– assented 22 June 1967
Building Ordinance 1972 (a) PDF (111.4 KB)No. 14 of 1972 28 June 1972An Ordinance to amend the Building Ordinance 1955 – assented 1 June 1972
Building Ordinance (no. 2) 1972 PDF (32.5 KB) No. 50 of 197231 August 1972An Ordinance to amend the Building Ordinance 1955 – assented 31 August 1972
Building Ordinance 1977 PDF (30.5 KB)No.52 of 197712 December 1977An Ordinance to amend the Building Ordinance- assented 9 December 1977
Building Ordinance Regulations 1977 PDF (73.7 KB)No. 25 of 1997 Regulations under the Building Ordinance – Assented 22 December 1977
Darwin Reconstruction Act 1975 PDF (2.9 MB)No. 2 of 1975 An Act to establish a Darwin Reconstruction Commission for purposes arising out of the Devastation of Darwin by Cyclone.
Building Regulations 1936 PDF (2.1 MB) 21 March 1936Regulations under the Building Ordinance 1936
Building Regulations 1960
on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website
No. 25 196515 December 1965Building Regulations in force under the Building Ordinance 1955-1964 comprising of regulations No.9 1960 and No. 25 1965
Building Manual under Building Ordinance 1955 PDF (5.2 MB) 25 November 1960Building Manual for the purposes of the Building Ordinance and Regulations
Building Regulations 1965
on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website
No. 25 196514 December 1965 Amendment to Regulations under the Building Ordinance 1955-1964
Building Regulations 1977
on the Australasian Legal Information Institute website
No. 24 197722 December 1977Adoption of the Building Manual 1975 (Darwin Area)
Building Amendment Act 1989
on the NT legislation database
No 68, 1989 12 December 1989

Last updated: 24 March 2020

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