The difference between “building work” and “subdivision work” is an ongoing consideration for accredited certifiers and developers.
Under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), there are two types of work – building work, and subdivision work.
Building work means any physical activity involved in the the construction of a structure. It could include things like levelling a site, laying a slab, or setting up framework. It could also include the demolition of existing buildings in order to clear the site for a new structure.
Subdivision work means any physical activity that has been approved under the conditions of a development consent for the subdivision of land. The physical activity can be in, on, under or over the land, and can include things like the construction of roads and stormwater drainage systems.
Knowing the difference between building work and subdivision work is important. There are many types of certifiers, who are accredited into categories according to their expertise, qualifications and experience. A certifier can only do specific types of work based on their category.
Depending on the project, it may be necessary to get more than one type of certifier to ensure that the all legislative requirements have been met.
Certifiers are often best placed to advise on how best to approach the certification of a project. You may need to seek further advice if a development consent is unclear or the type of work is unusual.