Our qualified certifiers can assist in the process of achieving an occupation certificate.

An occupation certificate certifies that a building or part of a building is suitable and safe to be occupied in accordance with the standard requirements of the Building Code of Australia (BCA).

You must apply for and obtain an occupation certificate from your private certifier before moving into a building.

This certificate verifies that the council or a private certifier (i.e. the principal certifying authority on the project) is satisfied that the building is suitable for living or use.

Dix Gardner has extensive experience in this area and has been the principal certifying authority for hundreds of projects.

Our certifiers can inspect the completed building and determine whether or not it is safe to live in or use. Before issuing a certificate of occupancy, we will consider the following:

  • Structural adequacy
  • Fire safety
  • Disability access
  • Health and safety of future occupants
  • Access to amenities

We will also ensure all relevant documents have been submitted, plus whether development consent conditions and requirements have been met.

When submitting this certificate, the government also requires at least one of the following certificates:

  • Development consent or complying development certificate
  • Construction certificate
  • Fire safety certificate
  • Compliance certificate

We can assist if these certificates haven’t been achieved. Our consultants have expertise in all of these areas and can review construction plans to assure these certificates are approved.

It’s crucial to enlist the services of a private certifier.

Failure to obtain a certificate of occupancy is considered an offence and can result in substantial penalties, notices, and orders.

Dix Gardner’s certifiers can streamline the planning process so you can complete your project, hassle-free.


Contact one of our teams in Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, or the Gold Coast today to get your occupation certificate sorted.


Level 4, 155 Castlereagh Street
Sydney NSW 2000

(02) 9279 3657
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110a Belford Street
Broadmeadow NSW 2292

(02) 4940 0355
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Suite 3, 44 Montague Road,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

(07) 3844 0644
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Gold Coast

8/33 Elkhorn Ave
Surfers Paradise Q4217

(07) 5504 7984
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