What Is an Occupation Certificate (OC)?
An Occupation Certificate allows current and future owners of a property to use the new building or a new section of the building. A Part OC may be issued which allows you to occupy the completed part of the building.
The Principal Certifier is required to conduct Mandatory Critical stage inspections throughout the Construction Phase of the development to ensure the Development is eligible for Occupation.
When do I need OC?
OC is required by the applicant / property owner after the completion of construction to prove that the new development is safe, compliant with required laws and regulations and meets the Australian Standards for occupants to use the building.
What is the role of principal Certifiers in obtaining OC?
An Occupation Certificate verifies that the Principal Certifying Authority (Private Certifier) is satisfied that the building is suitable to occupy and satisfies relevant requirements and Australian Standards. These generally include:
- Development consent is in force
- Mandatory Critical stage inspections have been conducted
- The design and construction of the building is consistent with the approved plans.
- All conditions set out in the consent or have been satisfied.
- Development is built to Australian Standard / NCC Requirements
Is an Occupation Certificate necessary?
- The Occupation Certificate certifies that the construction is in compliance with the approved building plan. It is issued by the Private Certifier after the construction is complete and the property is ready to be occupied. Without this document, your building has no legal sanction for occupancy which will cause further issues such as selling and obtaining insurance.
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