Building Information Certificates
Building Information Certificates issued under Section 149 of the Act are issued on the assurance that Council will not issue any Orders on the described building within 7 years.
There are two types:
- Standard Building Information Certificates, whereby the building has all the necessary approvals and vendors wish to provide some surety to purchases. These cost $250.00 for residential dwellings and require lodgement of a Survey Report detailing the building’s location and any easements/restrictions on the land.
- Building Information Certificates for Unauthorised Work. These relate to building work (or part) that does not have the appropriate approvals and vary in cost depending on the extent of the building work, building cost, notification and the BCA Class of building. They require the submission of ‘work-as-executed’ plans detailing the extent of the unauthorised building, and Council may request the following information/reports, depending on the extent and nature of the work carried out:
Survey/levels, Structural Certification, Sydney Water ‘Tap-In’, Bushfire consultant, Flood mitigation, Stormwater control and certification, Food Premises, Fire Safety Measures, BCA consultant, glazing, waterproofing, termites, Planning, Access, Sound Transmission, Fire barriers, Acoustic barriers, Fire Engineering, Alternate Solutions
The issue of a Building Information Certificate does not prevent Council issuing fines for breaches of the Act.
Any Building Information Certificate refused will be referred to Council’s Compliance Unit for instigation of legal proceedings, usually pursuant to Section 121B of the EPA Act, and the issuance of Penalty Infringement Notices.