Get approval to use or occupy a building after works have been completed
Following development consent or a complying development certificate, an occupation certificate gives approval to use or occupy a site.
Project Status: When you need to do this
At completion of works and before you occupy or use the building/structure, you must obtain an occupation certificate from the principal certifier.
Before we issue a certificate, the following conditions must be met:
- The City of Sydney is appointed as the principal certifier
- The City of Sydney has inspected the site to confirm the works are consistent with the construction certificate or complying development certificate
- Conditions of the development consent have been applied.
What you need to do
Complete an application on the NSW Planning Portal
Occupation certificate applications must be lodged online.
Before you start
What you may need to provide
When a development is complete, contractor certificates will need to be provided to verify the building complies with the Building Code of Australia and Australian standards.
After you finish
The determination will be issued through the NSW Planning Portal, including any supporting documents.
For class 1b and class 2–9 buildings fire safety statements must be prominently displayed.
Find out more, including the new fire safety certificate template and supporting guidelines on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.