Building Information Certificates
If you intend to buy or sell a property and you want to make sure that the property is not going to be the subject of regulatory action by the Council, you may wish to apply for a Building Information Certificate. It is also commonly applied for when work is undertaken without the appropriate approvals being issued by the council or accredited certifier.
Standard Building Information Certificates
The building has all the necessary approvals and vendors wish to provide some surety to purchases. These require lodgement of a Survey Report detailing the building’s location and any easements/restrictions on the land.
Application for a Standard Building Information Certificate has a fixed fee.
Building Information Certificates for Unauthorised Work
The building does not have the appropriate approvals. The 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:
- Structural Certification
- Sydney Water ‘Tap-In’
- Bushfire consultant
- Flood mitigation
- Stormwater control and certification
- Food Premises
- Fire Safety Measures
- BCA consultant
- 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.