An Occupation Certificate certifies that the building or nominated part of the building is suitable and safe to be occupied, in accordance with the relevant requirements of the National Construction Code (BCA).
The National Construction Code sets the standards for the design and construction of various classes of buildings to maintain and protect public health, safety and amenity.
Before a new building or part of a building (e.g. additions to a building) can be occupied, and before commencing any change in a building's use, you need to get an an occupation certificate from the Principal Certifying Authority (PCA).
Failure to obtain an occupation certificate is an offence.
There are two types:
Where an Interim Occupation Certificate is issued, a Final Occupation Certificate is still required to be issued when all outstanding building work or the change of use is complete. A Final Occupation Certificate supersedes any previously issued Occupation Certificates. A Final Occupation Certificate is generally required to ensure an owners insurance coverage.
The Principal Certifying Authority (PCA).
The initial timeframe for assessment for Occupation Certificates can take up to ten (10) Working days.
The fee for an Occupation Certificate is incorporated into the Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) fees which are paid when nominating Council as the PCA.