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).
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 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 for more detailed information.
A presentation was delivered to industry and public groups during April and May 2016.
- 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.
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).
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.
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 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 .
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.
Go to the NT Legislation database to find current and historic NT legislation.
The following legislation is often referred to in relation to building certification:
- Building Act 1993
- Building Regulations 1993
- Building (RBI and Fidelity Fund Schemes) Regulations 2012
- Building (Resolution Of Residential Building Work Disputes) Regulations 2012
- Planning Act 1999
- Planning Regulations 2000
To read historical Building Acts, Ordinances and Building Regulations go to the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics 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 .
The forms below are for the use of self-certifiers or people wanting to become a self-certifier.
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.
Last updated: 26 October 2019