An Occupation Certificate (OC) authorises the occupation and use of a new building or building section. For staged works, an Interim OC may be issued which allows you to occupy the completed part of the building.
The issue of the final OC is the last step in the formal Development Application and construction process (though there could be ongoing ‘operational’ conditions on your development consent such as maintaining appropriate noise levels or landscape maintenance).
When can I apply for an Occupation Certificate?
Depending on the particular OC sought, the Principal Certifying Authority must be satisfied the development meets various regulatory standards. These generally include that:
- A development consent is in force.
- The design and construction of the building is not inconsistent with the development consent.
- Any pre-conditions set out in the consent or requirements of planning agreements have been satisfied.
- A Construction Certificate has been issued.
That the building is suitable for occupation (in accordance with its Building Code of Australia classification).
What is the fee to apply for an Occupation Certificate?
The fees applying to Occupation Certificates are set under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000 and are found in Council’s Fees and Charges Schedule .
Note that there are separate fees for Partial and Final Occupation Certificates and additional fees may apply where re-inspections are required to be carried out by a Council officer.
In order to apply for a Occupation Certificate with Council you will be required to complete an Application for Occupation Certificate Form and submit to Council by:
- Email to email@example.com
- Post to: Hawkesbury City Council, P.O. Box 146, Windsor NSW 2756 or to: DX 8601 Windsor.
- In Person at our Customer Service Centre at 366 George Street Windsor, between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Customer Service will contact you to pay the associated fee before processing the application.
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