Certificate of Occupancy and Use - Australian Capital Territory


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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $47.00 -
General Duplicate Certificate All $7.00

For each subsequent copy.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Building Act 2004 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Building (General) Regulation 2008 ACT

Administering agency

Planning and Land Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

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: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 62071923
Fax: 02 62071925
Email: actpla.customer.services@act.gov.au