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Occupation Certificate

What is an occupation certificate?

An Occupation Certificate is a certificate issued under Part 6 of the EP&A Act which authorises:

the occupation and use of a new building in accordance with a development consent, or

a change of building use for an existing building in accordance with a development consent.

An Occupation Certificate confirms that the completed building work accords with the development consent, including prerequisites and conditions. The OC also confirms that the building (or part of the building) is suitable for occupation or use in accordance with its classification under the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

An Occupation Certificate must be issued before commencing the following activities:

a. the occupation or use of a whole or any part of a new building, including parts of partially completed new buildings;

b. the change of building use of the whole or any part of an existing building.

Prior to issuing an Occupation Certificate, a development consent, construction certificate, or a complying development certificate, must have been issued for the development.

When issued, an Occupation Certificate is taken to be part of the development consent.

An Occupation Certificate for a part or whole of a building may be issued under the provisions of Part 6 of the Act but in respect of development consents granted from 1 December 2019. The former provisions in Part 4A of the EP&A Act (including the interim and final OC regime) will continue to apply to development consents granted prior to this time.

An Occupation Certificate may only be issued by the certifier who has been appointed as the principal certifier for that development

Application form for  Final Occupation Certificate.

Last Updated: 10 Feb 2020