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Introduction

Body corporates need to register as design practitioners or building practitioners under new legislation to:

  • make compliance declarations for class 2 buildings or buildings with a class 2 part
  • lodge regulated designs on the NSW Planning Portal for class 2 buildings or buildings with a class 2 part.

Class 2 buildings are residential apartment buildings. They’re typically multi-unit, multi-storey buildings where people live above and below each other.

Note: You must be the director or public officer of a body corporate to apply for this registration.

There are 3 classes of registration:

  • design practitioner – body corporate
  • building practitioner – body corporate
  • principal design practitioner – body corporate.

You can register for 1, 3 or 5 years. Fees are applicable.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, you (and each member of the body corporate) need to:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • be a director or public officer of a body corporate
  • have a current National Police Certificate that is valid for 4 months when you submit your application (Name and Date of Birth Check only).

What you need

  • a MyServiceNSW Account – you can create one when you start your application
  • proof of identity such as an Australian driver licence, passport or Medicare card
  • a signed and completed declaration form – PDF for each director of the body corporate, other than the applicant
  • National Police Check certificates that are valid for 4 months when you submit your application for each director of the body corporate (Name and Date of Birth Check only)
  • the body corporate’s details
  • contact details for each director of the body corporate
  • your contact details
  • a current credit card for payment.

In addition, for:

  • design practitioner – body corporate, you need:
    • an employee who’s registered as a design practitioner in the appropriate class(es)
  • building practitioner – body corporate, you need:
    • a contractor licence to do general building work under the Home Building Act 1989
    • an individual who’s registered as a building practitioner in the general class or body corporate nominee class.
  •  principal design practitioner – body corporate, you need:
    • an employee registered as a principal design practitioner – general class.

How to apply

You can save your application and return later.

  1. Check the eligibility criteria for the registration type you want to apply for.
  2. Gather director declaration forms and other documents such as National Police Check certificates for all other directors
  3. Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
  4. Log in or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
  5. Select and verify your 2 identity documents.
  6. Enter your contact details.
  7. Confirm your role in the body corporate.
  8. Enter the details of the body corporate.
  9. Enter contact details for other directors of the body corporate.
  10. Select the registration types and classes you’re applying for.
  11. Select the duration of your registration.
  12. Answer all questions in the digital form including your suitability to perform the work and your background.
  13. Upload all director declaration forms and other supporting documents.
  14. Review your answers and give consent to process the application.
  15. Enter your payment details.
  16. Select ‘Submit’. 
  • Note: this must be done within 60 days of starting your application.

More information

If you apply on or before 31 December 2021, you’ll receive a deemed registration ID for the body corporate. This means:

  • the body corporate can keep working while NSW Fair Trading assesses your application
  • NSW Fair Trading will contact you if more information is needed
  • if your application is successful, your registration ID will stay the same.

If you apply on or after 1 January 2022, you’ll:

  • need to stop making compliance declarations and/ or lodging documents for the body corporate while NSW Fair Trading assesses your application and approves the registration
  • be notified about the result of your application within 28 days of submitting it (unless placed on hold, pending further information).