Building Information Certificates

A Building Information Certificate (BC) 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 Information 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 Information 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 Information Certificate by completing an application form. Forms are available at Council's Administration Centre and on the Building and Planning Forms and Fact Sheets page on this website. 

  • 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 Information Certificate will be received in about five to 10 working days. 

Please refer to Council's Pricing Policy Fees and Charges(PDF, 649KB) for fees applicable to a Building Information Certificate.