Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Occupation Certificate

Will I need an Occupation Certificate?

An Occupation Certificate is required for any new building work, or change of use of a building, that is subject to development consent or a Complying Development Certificate. Occupation Certificates are not required for buildings which are exempt development or development which does not require development consent.

An Occupation Certificate certifies the building, or nominated part of the building or addition, is suitable and safe to be occupied in accordance with the relevant requirements of the Building Code of Australia and the development consent. The Building Code of Australia sets required standards for the design and construction of various classes of building to protect health, safety and amenity.

An Occupation Certificate is issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and verifies that the Principal Certifying Authority is satisfied the building is suitable to occupy. Failure to obtain an Occupation Certificate is an offence which can result in substantial penalties or issue of notices and orders.

There are two types of Occupation Certificates

  • An interim Occupation Certificate
    An interim Occupation Certificate allows the start of either the occupation or use of a partially completed building, or of a new use of part of an existing building. It can be issued when the building is fit for occupation but there are still outstanding matters to be addressed. 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
    A final Occupation Certificate allows the building to be occupied or used, including alterations or extensions, or the new use of an existing building.

Who can issue an Occupation Certificate? 

An Occupation Certificate is issued by the Principal Certifying Authority.  This may be Council or an Accredited Private Certifier.

Download the application form (pdf)
Occupation Certificate


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