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Occupancy permit and certificate of final inspection

All new dwellings and/or dwelling additions must have an approved occupancy permit.

New commercial buildings and commercial building alterations must also have an approved occupancy permit.

Occupancy permit

Occupancy permits must be issued by the relevant building surveyor before the building is occupied or used.

Your building permit tells you if you need an occupancy permit or a certificate of final inspection.

The occupancy permit proves a new structure is ready for use.

It may also list other information about the use of the building, such as:

  • the number of people it can accommodate
  • the safety measures that must be maintained.

Apply for an occupancy permit

You need an occupancy permit for all new:

  • homes
  • additions to homes
  • commercial/industrial buildings.

Apply for an occupancy permit

Please check your building permit and with your building surveyor before applying for an occupancy permit.

We aim to provide the outcome of requests for occupancy permits for places of public entertainment within 10 business days of the lodgement of a complete application.

Certificate of final inspection

You need a certificate of final inspection for minor works such as small structural alterations. These alterations should not change the use of a building.

Your building permit tells you if a certificate of final inspection is needed. If not, you must apply to your building surveyor for an occupancy permit.

Need help?

Contact Building Services and we will get back to you.

Or call our Building Services team on 9298 8125.


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