|Also known as||Occupation Certificate|
|Relevant Acts, Regulations and Standards|
You will require this certificate if you intend to occupy or use a new building or change the use of an existing building. The Building Code of Australia (chapters one and two of the National Construction Code) detail what uses are permitted for different classes of building.
A building permit will specify that either an occupancy permit is required or a certificate of final inspection is required on completion of the building work.
Occupancy permits are documents that signify that a building surveyor is satisfied that the completed building work is suitable for occupation. The Building Act 1993 requires the issue of an occupancy permit prior to occupation of a building where a building permit states that one is required.
Looking at the template AESMR, only buildings constructed after July 1994 have to state the occupancy permit number so we are unsure of what the requirement is for buildings constructed before July 1994.
- AESMRs in Victoria, Australia
- AFSS in NSW
The legislation differs around the world and there are many associated documents, that for us make this are quite confusing. Check with you local subject matter expert to see if your buildings require an occupancy permit or equivalent. For example, it may depend on when the building was constructed or last modified, what the building permit required, etc..
If you do not have an occupancy permit, you may want to consider asking a subject matter expert (building inspector, quantity surveyor, etc) to review your building and make a report, including a list of all fire safety measures, their design regulations and type of maintenance, bearing in mind when the property was built.
If you are leasing a property and the local laws require an occupancy permit, depending on the age of the property, you may want to ask for a copy of the occupancy permit, especially as it often has to be displayed in the building.
- Occupation Certificate (NSW)