A Building Certificate is a certificate issued by Council that states it will not make certain Orders or take certain action under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 or the Local Government Act 1993.
This includes Orders (or take proceedings for an Order) to have the building covered by the certificate demolished, altered, added to or rebuilt. The certificate also means Council will not take proceedings in relation to any encroachment by the building onto land under the control of Council, for a period of seven years.
A certificate is usually applied for when selling houses or other property and can be from:
- The property owner
- Another person, with the property owner’s consent
- The property buyer under a contract of sale, including their solicitor or agent
- A public authority when they have notified the owner.