Apply for a certificate of compliance
A certificate of compliance confirms that a completed development:
- meets all the conditions of a permit
- is in line with the endorsed plans.
You can apply for a certificate of compliance for any of the following:
- development permit
- subdivision permit
- exceptional development permit.
Types of certificates of compliance
There are three types of certificates of compliance that you can apply for, depending on your development permit:
- subdivision or consolidation of land - apply for a certificate of compliance for subdivision (part 5)
- use or development that is considered low-risk or located remotely - apply for a fast-track certificate of compliance
- in all other cases, read below.
Before you apply
You will need the development permit number or exceptional development permit number.
You may also need written clearance from service authorities to confirm you have met the conditions of your development permit.
Your permit will state if you need clearance from service authorities.
You must provide this with your application.
How to apply
To apply, follow the steps below:
Step 1. Submit your application
Submit a certificate of compliance application through the DAO website.
Step 2. Pay the fee
You must pay an application fee.
You can either pay:
- online through the DAO website - preferred payment method
- in person by cash or card at your nearest planning office.
All fees are non-refundable, even if your application is unsuccessful.
After you apply
Read below to find out what happens after you submit your application.
Once your application is received, a planner will usually arrange a visit to the site.
This is to confirm that the development matches the endorsed plans.
It can take about a week to receive the certificate if:
- all supporting documents have been provided and
- works have been carried out in line with endorsement plans.
The decision maker is:
- Development Consent Authority (within DCA areas) or
- the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (outside of DCA areas).
The administrating branch is Development Assessment Services.
Last updated: 19 April 2021
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