An occupancy permit is generally required upon completion of building work undertaken in accordance with a building permit. The building permit will specify if an occupancy permit is not required, in which case a certificate of final inspection will be required.
The occupancy permit is evidence that a structure is suitable for use. The permit will specify conditions on the use of the structure, such as the maximum number of people it can accommodate, and safety measures that must be implemented.
Some temporary structures require an occupancy permit from the Agency before they can be used for public entertainment.
These structures include:
- tents, marquees or booths with a floor area greater than 100 metres squared
- seating stands for more than 20 people
- stages or platforms (including sky boarders and stage wings) exceeding 150 metres squared in floor area
- prefabricated buildings exceeding 100 metres squared other than ones placed directly on the ground surface.
- includes events which can be accessed by the public, with or without tickets
- does not include private or invite only events
- does not include use for other purposes such as retail, dining, office space etc.