A Building Certificate is a certificate issued by Council under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 stating it will not Order or take proceedings for an Order, to have the building (covered by the certificate) demolished, altered, added to or rebuilt. In addition, Council will not take proceedings in relation to any encroachment of the building onto land under the control of Council. The certificate is valid for a period of seven (7) years.
Why do I want a Building Certificate?
Obtaining a Building Certificate for a property is a way an owner, potential purchaser or a financial institution can be assured that the structural assets on the property are in reasonable repair, safe and have the approval of Council.
A Building Certificate is often obtained for:
Who can apply for a Building Certificate?
The owner(s) of the land on which the building is erected;
Anyone having the owner(s) written consent;
A solicitor or conveyancing agent acting for a purchaser or the owner(s);
A public authority that has notified the owner(s) of its intention to apply for the certificate.
How do I apply for a Building Certificate?
You can apply for a Building Certificate by downloading the Building Certificate Application Form or by contacting Council's Customer Service Centre.