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Booking an inspection

Booking a building inspection on your smartphone or internet enabled device

Council's building inspection service is flexible to meet your needs. Bookings for inspections can be made up until 9am on the day the inspection is required.

Building and plumbing inspections are held during business hours, generally in the afternoon, please phone us on the number above if you need an inspection in the morning.

You'll need to provide the following information for all bookings:

  • Council approval number for the work
  • owner's name
  • job site address
  • type of inspection required e.g. footings, frame, internal drainage, etc.
  • date the inspection is required
  • name of the person requiring the inspection and their contact number.

Occupation Certificate

What do I do when the work is completed?

Before you can move into the building, you need to book a final inspection - select the 'Completion' inspection type.

Along with an application for an Occupation Certificate, you'll also need to complete various documents before the final inspection can be carried out:

Once a satisfactory final inspection has been carried out you must obtain an Interim or Final Occupation Certificate prior to occupying the building.

Occupation Certificate applications should be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal, for more information head to How to Lodge a Development Application

It is an offence to occupy a building without an occupation certificate.

Interim Occupation Certificate

An Interim Occupation Certificate can be issued if the building is fit for occupation but there are still outstanding matters to be addressed.

These matters must be addressed within 6 months of the date of occupation of the building and then application for a Final Occupation Certificate must be made via the NSW Planning Portal.

Final Occupation Certificate

A Final Occupation Certificate is issued by the Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) and certifies that:

  • Council has been appointed as the PCA under s109E
  • a Complying Development Certificate has been issued with respect to the plans and specifications for the building
  • the building is suitable for occupation or use in accordance with its classification under the Building Code of Australia
  • where required, a final fire safety certificate has been issued for the building
  • where required, a report from the Commissioner of Fire Brigades has been considered.

It should be noted that an Occupation Certificate is a lawful requirement in the conveyancing process when a property is sold and is therefore essential that you follow the above process.

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