Occupancy Permit

An Occupancy Permit must be obtained from the City for all Class 2 to 9 buildings before the buildings can be occupied or used. Under the Building Code of Australia, Class 2 to 9 buildings include but are not limited to apartments, factories, warehouses, public buildings, shops and offices for professional and commercial uses.

What is an Occupancy Permit?

An Occupancy Permit grants approval for a building to be occupied or used. A copy or details of the Occupancy Permit must be displayed at or near the main entrance to the building so that it is clearly visible to occupiers and visitors to the building.

It is an offence under the building act 2011 to occupy a building without a valid Occupancy Permit. Substantial penalties apply under the Act and Building Regulations 2012 for non-compliance with this requirement.

When do I need to obtain an Occupancy Permit?

Before a Class 2 to Class 9 building can be occupied, an Occupancy Permit must be obtained from the City. The following circumstances will require an Occupancy Permit:

  • To occupy a completed new building or a new part of an existing building
  • To occupy an incomplete building or part of a building on a temporary basis
  • To modify a current Occupancy Permit for additional use of a building on a temporary basis
  • To occupy a building or part of a building that has undergone a permanent change of use or classification
  • To authorise and occupy an unauthorised building or an unauthorised part of a building
  • To authorise a building with an existing approval with a new or replacement occupancy permit.

Occupancy Permits for new buildings

An Occupancy Permit application for new completed buildings must be accompanied by:

  • A Certificate of Construction Compliance (Form BA17) signed by a registered private building surveyor
  • Evidence of approval from various authorities under written law as relevant to the building or incidental structure
  • A completed and signed Notice & Request for Consent to Encroach or Adversely Affect Form (BA20), and if applicable an unauthorised works form See the unauthorised building works page for more information. 
  • The prescribed application fee and associated State levies.

Visit the Building Commission website to access the required forms.

Occupancy Permits for existing authorised occupied buildings

Before an Occupancy Permit can be issued for an existing authorised building, the following information must be submitted with an Occupancy Permit application:

  • A Certificate of Building Compliance (Form BA18) signed by a registered private building surveyor confirming that the existing building has been inspected and it complies with all applicable building standards it was approved under
  • A completed application form for an Occupancy Permit (Form BA9) signed by the owner/occupier
  • The prescribed application fee and associated State levies.

Visit the Building Commission website to access the required forms.

Occupancy Permits for existing unauthorised buildings

To enable the City to issue a retrospective Occupancy Permit for an existing unauthorised building and/or change of use, the following information must be submitted with an Occupancy Permit application:

  • A Certificate of Building Compliance (Form BA18) signed by a registered private building surveyor confirming that the building has been inspected and it complies with all current applicable building standards
  • A completed Occupancy Permit Application Form (BA9), signed by the owner/occupier
  • The prescribed application fee and associated State levies.

Visit the Building Commission website for access the required forms.

Submit an Occupancy Permit application

A building must be completed with all services (i.e. electrical, mechanical, fire and hydraulic services) installed and operational before an Occupancy Permit application is submitted to the City. Please note that technical certificates from specialists and trades may be required to be lodged with your application. Please consult with your registered private building surveyor.
 

Checklist of certificates needed for occupancy permit application
Consultant Certificates Contractor Certificates Material Certificates
Electrical engineer Electrical Fire doors and frames
Fire services engineer Hydraulic Fire rated ceilings
Hydraulic engineer Fire services Fire rated walls
Mechanical engineer Mechanical Fire seals / collars
Structural engineer Structural Flexible ducting
  Compaction Window assemblies

Occupancy Permit approval

The City has 10 business days to make a decision on an Occupancy Permit application. In some instances, a further information request letter will be sent to the nominated builder or applicant if the City determines that additional information is required. The builder/applicant has 21 calendar days to provide the requested information. The Occupancy Permit application would be put on hold pending the submission of the requested information. If the additional information is not received within the 21 day time frame, the City has the right to refuse the application and retain the application fee.

More information and contact

Please contact Building Services for more information on Occupancy Permits, on 08 9411 3444 or at customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au.

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