Building Information Certificates are usually sought by buyers or sellers of a property to make sure that a particular building and its land can remain as is without regulatory action being taken by Council. The certificate can apply for whole or part of a building and is valid for seven years.
To apply for a Building Information Certificate (BIC) online, you must be registered with Council's Online Services. Registration can take up to one business day to process. If you are already registered and would like an update on your BIC please sign in.
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Different documents must be submitted with your application depending on the type of Building Information Certificate you are applying for.
All submissions must include certification of installation of smoke alarms.
There are two types of Building Information Certificates:
This certificate type is for dwellings and multiple-dwelling houses. To obtain a Minor Residential Development Building Information Certification, you'll need to submit a current survey of the property for your application. The survey must be a true representation of all structures on the land at the time you submit your application.
2. Residential Flat Buildings, Commercial or Industrial Development
For this certificate type, you'll need to submit a current floor plan of the subject premises and site locality plan with your application.
For properties with unauthorised works, applicants will need to submit:
For further advice, contact our Customer Service Centre on (02) 4921 0333 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm) and ask to speak with the Duty Officer.
Once you've registered and gathered the required documents, you'll be able to apply for a Building Information Certificate online. A fee is payable upon application.
An application for a Building Information Certificate can be lodged by:
Once we've received your application for a Building Information Certificate, we will inspect the building and review any relevant Council records and documentation submitted as part of the application. We may request further information before we can issue your certificate.
We will usually inspect the property within 10 working days. This timeframe may differ if illegal or unauthorised works are involved.
An additional inspection fees will be payable if we need to carry out more than one inspection, or if the floor area of the building is greater than your application states.
A Building Information Certificate does not prevent Council from issuing notices or orders in relation to unauthorised works or fire safety matters, and it does not certify that the building complies with legal and safety requirements relating to swimming pool barriers and fencing, fire safety and other public health and safety matter.