Certificate of Occupancy

HENDRY building surveyors provide clients with a certificate of occupancy upon the completion of building works stemming from a building permit. We need to provide our stakeholders with an explanation of the certificate of occupancy process. A number of our stakeholders are provided with the wrong advise, confused or lack adequate knowledge to appreciate what is required in obtaining a certificate of occupancy under the building regulations.

Certificate of Occupancy: Process

Occupancy Permit Form 6 - Certificate of OccupancyThe Building Act, Building Regulations and Building Code of Australia contain the statutory control provisions that guide an applicant and a building surveyor to issue a certificate of occupancy.

A building surveyor must determine during the assessment of the building documentation plans that accompanied the "Application For A Building Permit" whether a certificate of occupancy is required. The Building Act states:

Building Act 1993 - Section 21

Requirement for occupancy permit (certificate of occupancy)

21. Requirement for certificate of occupancy permit

(1) The relevant building surveyor must specify in a building permit -

(a) whether a certificate of occupancy permit is required under subsection (2) in respect of the building work; and

(b) whether the certificate of occupancy permit is required for the whole or part of the building in respect of which the building work is carried out.

A certificate of occupancy is required for new buildings, a change of occupancy or change of use within a building, or significant building works to an existing building when determined by the building surveyor.

HENDRY Services: Certificate of Occupancy

HENDRY building surveyors have the necessary experience to assist clients in all facets of the certificate of occupancy process.

Building Legislation Table: Certificate of Occupancy

Refer to our Building Legislation Table for further information on the building regulations that affect the certificate of occupancy process.