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Building Information Certificates



What is a building information certificate?

A Building Information Certificate is a document sought if it is suspected that work has been carried out without the appropriate approvals being issued by Council or a registered certifier. Obtaining a Building information certificate ensures that council cannot force you to demolish the structure for 7 years. 

A Building Information 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. In some cases council becomes aware of unauthorised works on a property and will request a certificate.

What happens when council discovers unauthorised construction?

  1. They conduct an inspection to assess the situation.

  2. They determine which regulations have been violated.

  3. You receive a notice outlining required corrections and deadlines.

  4. You start the process of obtaining permits or a Building Information Certificate (BIC) for compliance.

  5. Failure to address the issues may result in fines or a stop work order.

  6. The objective is to bring your property into compliance with regulations.

  7. The council conducts follow-up inspections to ensure compliance and safety.

Here's how we can assist you:

  1. A quote will be provided outlining our services.

  2. Reports will be prepared detailing necessary corrections and plans developed for council review

  3. We will submit the report and plans (BIC) to your local council for assessment.

  4. Once you have rectified any works council will do an inspection. If satisfactory, the council will issue a compliance certificate.

  5. The report will help you to apply for continued approved use of the structure with your local council.


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