Apply for an Occupation Certificate

An Occupation certificate is issued by the appointed Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) for a development and grants approval for the use or occupation of a building. It is required for any new building work or change of use of a building with development consent or a Complying Development Certificate.

The issue of the final OC is the last step in the formal DA and construction process (though there could be ongoing ‘operational’ conditions such as maintaining appropriate noise levels or landscape maintenance).


Apply Occupation Certificate

Step 1.Create an account

Create an account on the NSW Planning Portal. 

Step 2.Apply using the NSW Planning Portal

Go to the NSW Planning Portal and complete the online application for an Occupation Certificate (OC).

Refer to the Quick Reference Guide for assistance with submitting your application.

Step 3.Upload required documentation

Depending on the type of works or use, there will be certain documentation that you will be required to lodge with your application. Refer to the Checklist for information required.

As a minimum, you will need the land owner's consent. Download the below form and submit it with your application.

The format, file size and documentation naming conventions used when uploading documents must meet Council's Digital Format Application Requirements.

Step 4.Lodged for review

Once the application is submitted through the Portal, an initial review will be carried out to check the information provided is sufficient for Council to accept. 

Where it is identified that further information is required before the application can be accepted, an officer will contact the applicant to request the further information or clarification. Once adequate information is provided, the application can be accepted.

Step 5.Application is sufficient and ready to be accepted

When the application has been reviewed and considered ready for lodgement, an invoice will be forwarded to the payee as nominated by the applicant for payment of the associated fees.

Assessment of your application will not commence until the fees have been received by Council.

Step 6.Assessment of the application

Once fees have been paid, the application will be registered. A site inspection will then be organised.

Officers will contact the applicant if further clarification is needed.

Application checklist

You must attach a copy of the following documents when submitting the application. 

Download the Occupation Certificate Checklist(PDF, 141KB) and include it with your application.

  1.  Development Consent or Complying Development Certificate
  2. Construction Certificate 
  3. Subdivision Works Certificate
  4. A final Fire Safety Certificate or interim Fire Safety Certificate (where relevant)
  5. Other certificates relied on (ie Compliance Certificate)
  6. A copy of a BASIX Certificate (energy and water efficiency certificate) for the development if required by the development consent or complying development certificate.
  7. Contract for Certification Work 

If you need assistance using the online service, please view the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s How To Guide.  This external link will open in a new window or contact Service NSW on 1300 305 695 for additional support.