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Building Certificate

Post-Consent Certificates

Building Information Certificate

A Building Information Certificate is a document issued by Council relating to existing works to a building.

When to apply for a Building Information Certificate?

A Building Information Certificate is a document sought if it is suspected work has been undertaken without the appropriate approvals being issued by Council or a registered certifier. A Building Information Certificate states that Council will not take any of the following action for a period of 7 years for the building covered by the certificate:

  • demolish, alter, add to or rebuild or;
  • resolve any encroachment by the building onto land under the control of Council.

A Building Information Certificate is usually requested by buyers or sellers of property before settlement to make sure that what is being bought or sold is not going to be the subject of action by Council.

Building Information Certificate application requirements

A Building Information Certificate application may be requested for either a part or whole of a building and may be requested by:

  1. The owner of the property;
  2. Another person, with the consent of the owner of the property;
  3. The purchaser of a property under a contract of sale (including the purchaser's solicitor or agent);
  4. A public authority that has notified the owner of its intention to apply for the certificate.

A Building Information Certificate application is to include an original or certified copy of a survey report and plan if it is related to residential zoned land.  For land situated in other zones you may be required to provide a survey report.

The survey report and plan must represent the property and buildings as existing at the time of submitting the application.  Additional information may also need to be provided (including building plans, specifications and certificates) to allow Council to assess the application.

Councils using the Online Building Information Certificate service.

  • BEGA
  • LITHGOW
  • EUROBODALLA
  • LORDE HOWE
  • SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK AUTHORITY
  • CITY of SYDNEY
  • WOLLONGONG
  • CLARENCE VALLEY
  • COFFS HARBOUR
  • NEWCASTLE
  • SUTHERLAND
  • NORTH SYDNEY
  • DUBBO REGONAL
  • URALLA
  • PORT MACQUARIE HASTINGS
  • OBERON
  • SNOWY MONARO REGIONAL
  • FAIRFIELD

How to apply online
  1. Register for a NSW Planning Portal account to start your application.
  2. Log in to complete the online application form.

Portal fees

In accordance with the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, applicants are required to pay a digital application processing fee for certain planning applications and certificates.

A full list of fees can be found on the NSW Planning Portal Service Fees page.


More information

If you need assistance using the online service, please view our quick reference guides or contact ServiceNSW on 1300 305 695 for additional support.