What is a Building Certificate?
A Building Certificate will cover unauthorised buildings and work, buildings in disrepair and buildings that encroach on Council land, and if issued means no penalty orders will be given to have the building demolished or altered. It is basically a formal agreement that Council is happy with the structures on the property to which the Certificate relates.
A Building Certificate remains current for seven years.
While a Building Certificate may reveal illegal building work as well as unauthorised use, structural defects and fire safety issues, it is not a certificate to say that a building passes any specific construction requirements and is not a status report in respect of defects, or contraventions. Pest inspections and structural inspections still need to be undertaken if you are a potential buyer however please note Council may also require works to be carried out prior to the issue of a Building Certificate in relation to fire and swimming pool safety, guttering and downpipes and any other noticeable building defects.
Council recommends applying for a Building Certificate as it assists to protect buyers and financial institutions. Obtaining a Building Certificate for a property is a way an owner, or potential buyer, or a financial institution can be assured the structural assets on the property are in reasonable repair, are safe, and have the approval of Council.
Applications for a Building Certificate can be made on Council's Building Certificate application form.
In order to determine an application for a Building Certificate, Council will inspect the building and review relevant Council records.
The applicant will need to submit
Council may require other details such as plans/specifications, fire safety details, structural certification, details of compliance with the Building Code of Australia and occupation certificates in relation to any building works.
Contact Bega Valley Shire council on 02 6499 2222