If you’re buying or selling a property and you suspect work may have been done without appropriate council or private certifier approvals, you can apply for a building information certificate (BIC).
This certificate ensures the whole or part of the building covered by the certificate won’t be subject to any regulatory action by the local council for 7 years.
Regulatory action could include:
- demolishing, altering, adding to, or rebuilding
- resolving any encroachment by the building onto land under council control.
You can apply online for a BIC via the NSW Planning Portal.
A BIC can be requested by:
- the owner of the property
- another person, with the consent of the property owner
- the purchaser of a property under a contract of sale (including the purchaser’s solicitor or agent)
- a public authority that has notified the owner of its intention to apply for the certificate.
What you need
- a MyServiceNSW Account or your Planning Portal login details
- copies of documents for uploading, which may include but are not limited to:
- an original, or certified copy, of a survey report and plan (if the land is zoned as residential), or
- a survey report (if the land is situated in other zones)
- specific documents requested by council such as building plans, specifications, certificates (if applicable)
- your payment.
Note: The survey report and plan must represent the property and buildings as existing at the time of submitting the application.
How to apply
- Check with your local council to ensure it is accepting online applications through the Planning Portal.
- Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
- Select ‘Log in with a Service NSW account’ or enter your Planning Portal login details.
- Follow the prompts to complete your application.
Note: If you’d like a step-by-step guide, download Submitting an application for a building information certificate – PDF.
Last updated: 14 February 2022