Certificate of Occupancy and Use - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this certificate if you intend to occupy a building after it has been constructed or altered. The purpose of this certificate is to demonstrate that the building wholly or substantially meets all relevant standards and is safe to be occupied.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Each application must be accompanied by:

  • A certificate of completion
  • A completed application form
  • A statement of the current or intended use of the building
  • A copy of the buildings current plans
  • The nominated fee.

The building will need to be certified by a licensed building surveyor (or principal building surveyor if the building is over three storeys or 2000 square metres). Once work on your building has been competed to the satisfaction of your building certifier, they will issue you with a certificate of completion. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


GeneralDuplicate Certificate$7.00

For each subsequent copy.

Other resources

Administering agency

Planning and Land Authority

Act(s) name

Building Act 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Building (General) Regulation 2008 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing Unit
Planning and Land Authority

Operating address:
Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 62071923


02 62071925

Supporting information


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