Occupancy certificates

You need a Certificate of Occupancy and Use before you can occupy or use your building. A Certificate of Compliance is issued when building and development covenants of a Crown lease have been complied with. A Certificate of Regularisation can be issued for the occupation of buildings constructed by the Commonwealth or ACT government that did not require building approval when they were constructed.

Certificate of Occupancy and Use

Upon satisfactory completion of the building work, your building certifier will issue a Certificate of Completion. You can then lodge with us an application for a Certificate of Occupancy and Use.

We will issue a Certificate of Occupancy and Use if the building work and any associated electrical and plumbing work have been certified as complete. It is against the law to occupy or use a building until a Certificate of Occupancy and Use is issued.

Certificate of compliance

This Certificate allows you to sell your property in the future without Authority consent because it means that you have complied with any building and development covenants of your Crown lease. Typical covenants are that construction must start within 12 months and must be completed within 24 months of the commencement of the Crown lease.

If the covenants have been complied with:

  • for single residential buildings, the Certificate is usually issued at the same time as a Certificate of Occupancy and Use;
  • for multi-unit buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, you need to apply in writing so that inspections not covered for the Certificate of Occupancy and Use can be made. These inspections could include carparking, driveways and landscaping.

Due to legislative requirements, when requesting a Certificate of compliance, you are required to complete an application form, which must contain all lessees' details and must be signed and dated by all lessees for that property.

View information regarding Certificates of Regularisation.

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