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Building Information Certificate

A Building Information Certificate is issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The certificate prevents Council, for a period of seven years, from making an order requiring the building to be repaired, demolished, altered, added to or rebuilt, except in the case of fair wear and tear over that period.

When to apply for a Building Information Certificate

The certificate is usually requested by a buyer or seller of a property before settlement to ensure that what is being bought or sold is not going to be the subject of action by Council. A Building Information Certificate may also be needed when work is completed without the necessary approvals being issued by Council or an Accredited Certifier.

A Building Information Certificate application can be made by:

  1. the owner of the property
    or
  2. any other person, with the consent of the owner of the property
    or
  3. the purchaser under a contract for the sale of property (including the purchaser's solicitor or agent)
    or
  4. a public authority that has notified the owner of its intention to apply for the certificate.

How to apply for a Building Information Certificate

From 1 July 2021, across NSW it is mandatory to lodge certain applications and post-consent certificates - such as Building Information Certificates - on the NSW Planning Portal:

  • You must prepare and lodge your Building Information Certificate online on the NSW Planning Portal.

A Building Information Certificate application may be for a part or whole of a building. If you would like the application to include all buildings on the property you must list each building separately, eg, dwelling, shed, pergola with retaining wall and swimming pool.

Applying for a Building Information Certificate does not prevent the issue of a fine for a breach under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 or the Local Government Act 1993.

Quick reference guides and resources

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment also has a range of resources and quick reference guides on the NSW Planning Portal to guide you through the lodgement process:

You can also read Eurobodalla Council's answers to frequently asked questions about lodging applications through the NSW Planning Portal specifically for Eurobodalla customers:

Prepare all required documents

There are various supporting documents that are required to be lodged with your Building Information Certificate application. You will need to have your supporting documents prepared, which include a Survey Report and plan, ready to upload with your application on the NSW Planning Portal.

The Survey Report and plan must represent the property and buildings as they exist at the time of lodging the application. Further information may be needed (including building plans, specifications and certificates) to enable Council to assess the application.

If a copy of the Survey Report is submitted, the copy must be either certified by the Surveyor who prepared the report, or the original report must be sighted by Council and the copy endorsed.

In addition to the Survey Report, you will also need to complete and upload:

Lodge your application electronically

You are now required to lodge your Building Information Certification application and supporting documents on the NSW Planning Portal:

Your application may be reviewed by our pre-assessment team and you will be notified of the outcome. If your application is accepted, you will be issued with an invoice for the application fee.

Before you lodge your Building Information Certificate application it is important that all of your supporting document requirements have been addressed, as you may be charged another portal service fee if you are required to re-submit your application.

Please note that portal service fees are issued by the NSW Government to support the ongoing maintenance and delivery of the NSW Planning Portal. Fees payable through the ServiceNSW gateway may incur a surcharge depending on the payment method.

If you have any queries about portal service fees, please contact ServiceNSW:

  • T:  1300 305 695.

Pay your application fee

Once you receive an invoice for the application fee, you will need to pay the fee by following one of the payment options detailed on the invoice.

  • All Building Information Certificate fees are detailed in Council's current fees and charges document.
  • *N.B - If the property exceeds 200m2 or additional inspections are required, additional fees will apply.
  • Building Information Certificate fees are set under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation). Residential properties have a set application fee per dwelling (refer to above). The fee for other building types is calculated according to the floor area of the building. The total floor area of the building to be inspected needs to be included on the application form.
  • For other development types, please refer to the fees in clause 260 of the Regulation or contact our Development Help Desk.

Common questions

A Building Information Certificate is issued under Section 6.24 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and applies to buildings situated on the land.

A Planning Certificate is issued under Section 10.7(2) and Section 10.7(5) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and provides information about planning controls and development restrictions relating to a property.

Yes you can, as long as the Survey Report you submit with your application is a current representation of all structures and buildings on the land as they exist at the time you lodge your application.

If there have been any building works undertaken since the preparation of your survey report, a new report will be required to include the additional building works.

Yes, details of the contact person available to organise access must be provided on the application.

Upon registration of the Building Information Certificate application, a Development Admin Officer will contact you to organise a suitable time for the building inspection and will confirm whether access is available on the allocated inspection date.

Your Building Information Certificate will usually be processed within five working days and will be either emailed or mailed to the address specified on the application.

If access to your property is not available to the Council officer on the scheduled day of inspection, this may cause a delay. You must ensure that access is available for Council's officer during business hours.

An application for a Building Information Certificate does not exclude the potential issue of fines that may be issued for breaches under the Local Government Act 1993 and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for unauthorised building works requiring development consent.

We can help you

For assistance using the NSW Planning Portal please contact Service NSW:

If you would like to discuss the details of your application or supporting documents you need to lodge, please contact Council's Development Help Desk: