A Building Information Certificate is not mandatory and is usually applied for when someone is buying a property and wants to check that the building or buildings on the property are properly authorised.
A Building Information Certificate covers 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.
Once issued a Building Information Certificate remains current for 7 years.
In order to determine an application for a Building Information Certificate, Council will inspect the building and review relevant Council records.