Building Certificates (s6.26)

Building Information Certificates (Div. 6.7 EP&A Act)

When to apply for a Building Information Certificate?

A Building Information Certificate is a document issued by Council relating to the existing condition of a building. A Building Information Certificate is usually requested by buyers or sellers of property before settlement to make sure that what is being bought or sold is not going to be the subject of action by Council.

A Building Information Certificate may also be required when building work has been undertaken without the appropriate approvals being issued either by Council or a Private Certifier.  A Building Information Certificate operates (amongst other things) to effectively prevent the Council from ordering a building (the subject of the certificate) to be demolished, altered, added to or rebuilt.

Building Information Certificate application requirements

A Building Information Certificate application may be requested for either a part or whole of a building or buildings and may be requested by:

  1. the owner of the property;
  2. another person, with the consent of the owner of the property;
  3. the purchaser of a property under a contract of sale (including the purchaser's solicitor or agent);
  4. a public authority that has notified the owner of its intention to apply for the certificate.

A Building Information Certificate application is to include an original or certified copy of a survey report and plan if it is related to residential zoned land.  For land situated in other zones, Council staff will advise should you be required to provide a survey report.

The survey report and plan must represent the property and buildings as existing at the time of lodging the application.  Additional information may also need to be provided (including building plans, specifications and certificates) to allow Council to assess the application.

Fees and application form

In order to apply for a Building Information Certificate you will be required to complete a Building certificate application form.

Building Information Certificate fees are set in the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 and in Council’s Operational Plan – Fees & Charges.

Additional fees apply in the following cases:

  • applications involving the assessment of unauthorised structures constructed within the previous two years.  Contact Council's Customer Service Centre to determine the additional costs associated with these applications; or
  • where re-inspections are required to be carried out by a Council officer.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Building Information Certificate different from Planning Certificates?

Planning Certificates issued under both Section 10.7(2) and Section 10.7(5) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 relate to planning controls and other information relating to the land (e.g. zoning and development approvals).

Building Information Certificates issued under Section 6.25 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 apply to existing buildings situated on the land.

Can I submit an old survey report with my application?

The survey report submitted with your application has to be a current representation of all buildings and structures on the land as they exist at the time of lodgement.  If there had been any building works that were carried out since preparation of the survey, a new report will be required to be prepared.

Does the property need to be inspected by Council officers before a Building Certificate is issued?

Yes. Details of the contact person available to organise access (e.g. managing agent) must be provided on the application form.

How long do Building Certificates take to process?

Approximately 10 days however depending on the complexity or age of the building the processing time may take longer.  If access cannot be gained, this may also cause a delay. You must ensure access for Council officers is possible during business hours.

Are there any additional penalties for unauthorised works?

An application made for a Building Information Certificate does not eliminate the potential issue of fines that may be imposed for breaches under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 or the Local Government Act 1993.

More Information

Contact Council on (02) 4560 4444 or via email: council@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

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