You will need this certificate if you have recently finished building works and intend to open the building for occupation. The certificate certifies that the premises are safe to occupy and must be obtained before the building is occupied.
The certificate will be issued when all health, safety and amenity requirements are in place and fully operational, such as water supply, safety glass and handrails.
There are three levels of certification:
- occupancy permit: this is the highest level and certifies you have complied with the building permit, legislated requirements and approved plans
- certificate of substantial compliance: this certificate is granted where building work complies with the relevant technical standards but minor variations to the approved plans or missing documentation / inspections has occurred
- certificate of existence: can be granted for work that was completed before 1 May 2016.