Under building law, some buildings do not, or did not require a certificate of occupancy or equivalent final certification. These include buildings built by or for the Commonwealth.
A certificate of regularisation certifies that the building is fit for occupation for particular uses, for example as a single residence.
Applications for a certificate of regularisation may be made by the government concerned or the tenant before a building is sold, or by a lessee after a lease has been issued for the land.
For a certificate to be issued, you need to employ a licensed principal building surveyor.
How to apply
You can apply online for a certificate of regularisation.
The application must include:
- a completed application for certificate of regularisation
- the current use of the building (or the intended use if that is different)
- plans of the building in its current state (they need not be the plans used to construct the building if these are not available) and specifications
- a statement from a licensed building surveyor
- evidence that ACT Fire & Rescue has been consulted on the fire safety of the building
- the regulatory fee
Building surveyor statement
The building surveyor must provide a statement certifying whether the building:
- is structurally sound
- can withstand the loadings likely to arise from its expected use
- contains reasonable provision for the safety of persons likely to be in the building if there is a fire, including the provision of adequate facilities for leaving the building, the prevention and suppression of fire, and the prevention of the spread of fire.
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