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Occupation Certificate

What is an occupation certificate?

An occupation certificate, issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) allows a person to occupy and use a new building or change the use of an existing building.

An occupation certificate verifies that the principal certifying authority is satisfied that the building is suitable to occupy or use in terms of the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). That Code sets required standards for the design and construction of various classes of building to protect health, safety and amenity.

What types of occupation certificate are there?

There are two types of occupation certificate:

  • A final occupation certificate allows commencement of either the occupation or use of a new building (including alterations or extensions), or the new use of an existing building  resulting from a change of its use
  • An interim occupation certificate allows the commencement of either the occupation or use of a partially completed building, or of a new use of part of an existing building resulting from a change of use for the building.

If an interim certificate is issued, a final occupation certificate is still required when all building work or the change of use is complete.  A final occupation certificate revokes any occupation certificates issued earlier.

Application form for Interim or Final Occupation Certificate.

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2017