Certificate of Regularisation for Government Buildings - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this certificate if you intend to occupy a building that was not issued with a certificate of occupancy or certificate of regularisation when it was constructed. The purpose of this certificate is to ensure ex-government buildings are fit to be occupied once the government sells them to a non-government person or organisation. This certificate applies to buildings constructed on land held by:

  • The Commonwealth
  • The Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
  • Another person under a lease from The Commonwealth.

If your application for this certificate is approved, you will be issued a certificate of regularisation that confirms the building is fit for the purpose you intend to use it for. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

An application for a certificate may be made by the government, or the intended tenant. Each application must be accompanied by:

  • A completed application form
  • A statement of the current or intended use of the building
  • A copy of the buildings current plans
  • Evidence that the fire brigade has been consulted
  • 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. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Fees are listed on the attached document.

Other resources

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate
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
Environment and Planning Directorate
Planning and Land Authority
Environment and Planning Directorate
Planning and Land Authority
ACT Architects Board

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


02 6207 1923


02 6207 1925

Supporting information


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