In this short video, I am going to talk about Occupation Certificates. I will explain what they are, why they are required and who issues them.
An Occupation Certificate is issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and permits an individual to occupy and make use of a new building, or change the use of an existing building.
Simply put, you will require an Occupation Certificate for any new building work approved by a Construction Certificate or Complying Development Certificate
The main purpose of an Occupation Certificate is to verify that the Principal Certifying Authority is satisfied that the building is approved for occupation or use according to the requirements of the Building Code of Australia.
The person applying for an Occupation Certificate is typically the individual entitled to act on the Development Consent or Complying Development Certificate.
It’s important to note that an Occupation Certificate is issued by a Principal Certifying Authority or PCA. This can be the Council or a suitably accredited Private Certifier