Skip to main content
Building services

Occupancy permits

What is an occupancy permit?

An occupancy permit is a document issued at the end of your building project that confirms your building surveyor is satisfied that the building is safe and suitable for its intended use.

Your building permit will state whether you need an occupancy permit at the completion of the building work.

You must apply for an occupancy permit for:

  • a newly constructed building
  • a building that has been altered (extension or renovation)
  • a building that is being adapted for a new use
  • any building work that occurs in a place of public entertainment.

Apply for an occupancy permit

Step 1

Prepare the following documentation needed to support your application:

  • electrical safety certificate
  • plumbing certificate — general, roofing, drainage, gas, effluent and solar hot water systems
  • termite prevention measures
  • information about the glazing used
  • letter stating the dwelling has been constructed in compliance with the BAL report
  • letter stating the dwelling has been constructed in compliance with the 6-star energy rating report including the insulation
  • approval to use septic system.

Step 2

Complete the Occupancy Permit Application Form (download below).

Step 3

Return all documents to any of our Customer and Library Service Centres or the Wallan Planning and Building Services Office and pay the relevant fees in person; or email your documents to and an officer will call you to take payment over the phone.

Permits can take up to 14 days to process.

Contact us

This page was last updated on 14 April 2021.