Building Certificates

A Building Certificate is a certificate issued by Council stating it will not make certain Orders or take certain action under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 or the Local Government Act 1993, to Order or take proceedings for an Order to have the building (covered by the certificate) to be demolished, altered, added to or rebuilt, or to take proceedings in relation to any encroachment by the building on to land under the control of Council, for a period of seven (7) years. 

A certificate is usually applied for when selling houses or other property.

Obtaining a Building Certificate for a property is a way an owner, or potential buyer, or a financial institution can be assured that the structural assets on the property are in reasonable repair, are safe, and have the approval of Council. A Building Certificate is often associated with the sale of the property, refinancing loans associated with the property, or the regulation of building works that may have been built without Council Approval.

The owner(s) of the land on which the building is erected; or
Anyone having the owner(s) written consent; or
A solicitor or conveyancing agent acting for a purchaser or the owner; or
By a public authority that has notified the owner of its intention to apply for the certificate.

You can apply for a Building Certificate by completing an application that can be downloaded from our website or collected from our Customer Service offices. Download Building Certificate Application Form. Applicants need to provide the following:

  • A completed application form – which includes owner's consent (if required) and includes access details (as Council will be required to inspect the property).
  • An original/certified copy of an original up to date survey report of the site which is in metric and is a true representation of all improvements on the land.

Correspondence and/or a Building Certificate will be received in about five to 10 working days.

Building Certificate Fees & Charges

The following fees are prescribed under Clause 260 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Reg 2000

Residential Class 1 Building (together with any Class 10 Buildings on the site) or a Class 10 Building: $250.00

Commercial/ Industrial - In the case of any other classes of building.

Summary of fees 

Floor area < 200m2

>$250.00

Floor area 200m2 – 2,000m2

$250 plus an additional 50 cents per square metre over 200

Floor area > 2000m2

$1,165.00 plus an additional 7.5 cents per square metre over 2,000

Note: If the work is Unauthorised an Additional Unauthorised Building Works fee applies. This fee is determined by the building surveyor and is equal to the fee payable for a combined DA/CC for the subject unauthorised structure(s) taking into consideration the industry standard construction cost.

Re-Inspection Fee - In the case where Council is required to make more than one inspection before issuing at building certificate: $90.00 per re-inspection (GST inclusive)

Urgency Fee - Residential A only

An initial response will issued within three (3) days of receipt of application: $360.00 (GST inclusive)

For more information, and you check you have included all the latest fees, call Council's Customer Service Team on 9725 0222.