You can now apply for property certificates online using our secure online payment system.
The state of the land
A zoning certificate is officially called a section 149 certificate, which will provide you with information the City of Sydney has on file about planning controls and other property issues that affect a particular piece of land. There are 2 types of section 149 certificates available from the City.
- A section 149(2) certificate shows the zoning of the property, its relevant state, regional and local planning controls and other property issues such as land contamination and road widening. Please note: the certificate is based on the parent property only, not on individual lot numbers.
- A section 149(2) and 149(5) certificate provides the same information but also includes other factors such as advice from other authorities, subdivision history, easements where we have that information available and access to the City's parking permit scheme.
While the certificate will state all the relevant planning instruments that apply to the property, it does not specify particular development standards or terms of the instruments. If you propose to develop the property, we recommend undertaking thorough research into all of the planning instrument terms that apply to the land.
Under section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the City must issue these certificates upon application. You can apply for your certificate online or you can download an application form Please note, we no longer accept faxed applications.
- section 149(2) certificate costs $53
- section 149(2) and 149(5) certificates cost $80.
Your application will be processed within 5 working days from the date of payment.
Urgent certificates can be processed within 24 hours for an additional $146 fee. To allow for a 24-hour turnaround, we must receive your application no later than 3.30pm the day before it is required (weekdays only). Applications received on a Friday will not be available until the next business day (excluding public holidays). An urgent certificate can only be collected from Town Hall House.
Please note: If any information on the application or the payment amount is incorrect, the timeframes above do not take effect until the information or payment has been corrected by the applicant.
Last updated: Wednesday, 13 August 2014