If you are buying or selling a property there are documents that you will need. Some of these are required before transfer can take place, others are optional.

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Planning certificate
Rates certificate
Certificate of compliance
Certificate of orders
Building information certificate
Certificate of costs

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Planning certificate

A planning certificate lists the development constraints that affect an individual parcel of land. It gives the information needed to determine development opportunities that may be available. A planning certificate is issued under s.10.7(2) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. An addendum to the certificate is issued under s.10.7(5). The addendum gives extra information and detail on:

  • Land adjoining heritage items and heritage conservation areas.
  • Conservation agreements.
  • Land identified as potentially contaminated as a result of a previous use.

The planning certificate and addendum can be purchased as a package or separately. The certificate is current only on the date of issue. 

Rates certificate

States monies due or payable to the Council. Including land rates, charges or otherwise, in respect of a parcel of land. Sometimes referred to as a 603 certificate, as it is issued under that section in the Local Government Act.

Certificate of compliance

Applies to a swimming pool or spa. This certificate must be obtained prior to leasing or selling a property. It certifies that your pool or spa meets pool safety barrier fencing requirements. The certificate can be issued by Council or a certifier under the Swimming Pools Act. All backyard pools and spas capable of being filled over 30cm need barrier fencing. This applies to inground, above ground and portable / inflatable pools and spas.

Read more on backyard pools

Certificate of orders

Gives a copy of any outstanding notices and orders on a property. This can include a notice or order to improve building fire safety, to demolish structures or cleanup land. This certificate covers orders issued primarily under Local Government Act and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. Information that you may need to know when making a key investment decision.

Building information certificate

Operates to prevent the Council from taking enforcement action within the next 7 years. Action could include repair, demolish, and alter a building. A building information certificate can apply to the whole or part of a building. The certificate does not however prevent the Council from issuing fire safety orders. Building information certificates are issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. A current survey plan is required to be lodged with the application.

Certificate of costs

This certificate is associated with a public positive covenant that may be listed on the title of the land under section 88D or 88E of the Conveyancing Act. Sometimes called and 88G certificate, it outlines the cost of any work carried out by the Council because of a failure to comply with a restriction or take an action.