A Building Certificate is a document issued by Council relating to existing works to a building. A Building Certificate is usually requested by buyers or sellers of property before settlement to make sure that what is being bought or sold is not going to be the subject of action by Council.
Often a Building Certificate is requested when work is undertaken without the appropriate approvals being issued by Council or a Private Certifier. A building certificate states that Council will not take any action for a period of 7 years to Order, or take proceedings for an Order, to have the building covered by the certificate to:
- be demolished, altered, added to or rebuilt or;
- resolve any encroachment by the building onto land under the control of Council.
You can order your building certificate for a number of council's from InfoTrack.