What does the principal contractor have to do before any work begins?
- Make sure there is a development consent
- Make sure there is a construction certificate
- Pay all fees, contributions, levys etc.
- Pay the Building and Construction Long Service Levy
- Obtain all relevant permits and other approvals
- Read the relevant development consent (You must comply with the relevant conditions)
- Get your Work Zone (if necessary)
- Get a Site Sign from Council
- Get your Environmental Controls in place
- Tell the neighbours you are about to start work
- Make sure the owner or his Principal Certifying Authority have given Council the Notice of Commencement
Keep the neighbours happy! It is the little things that matter, make sure the trades work within the permissible hours, keep the site clean and the footway clear. Warn the neighbours if a wide load is being delivered in the wee hours of the morning (with our OK as well). If you need temporary access, consult with the neighbours, don't tresspass. If damage happens give them a written undetaking to fix it.
How do I get a Council Site Sign?
Please come in to the Council and ask for one. The first sign is free, replacement signs are at a small fee.
What Environmental Controls must be in place?
The primary environmental controls are:
- Hoardings (site fences or overhead)
- Erosion and Sediment Controls (PDF)
- Dust Controls(PDF)
- Others, see our "Do it right on site" fact sheets, read our conditions and visit the NSW Workcover and Department of Environment and Conservation websites.