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Occupation Certificates and Appointment of PCA

An occupation certificate, is issued by the appointed Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) allowing a person to occupy and use a new building or change the use of an existing building.

An occupation certificate verifies that the PCA is satisfied that the building is suitable to occupy or use in terms of the requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA). That Code sets required standards for the design and construction of various classes of building to protect health, safety and amenity.

There are two types of occupation certificates:

  • A Finaloccupation certificate allows commencement of either the occupation or use of a new building (including alterations or extensions), or the new use of an existing building resulting from a change of its use.
  • An Interim occupation certificate allows the commencement of either the occupation or use of partially completed building, or of a new use of part of an existing building resulting from a change of use for the building.

If an interim certificate is issued, a final occupation certificate is still required when all building work or the change of use is complete. A final occupation certificate revokes any occupation certificates issued earlier.

An occupation certificate is required for any new building work, or change of use of a building, that has a development consent or a complying development certificate under the EP&A Act.

For more information, please contact our office for further assistance.