Apply for an occupancy permit

Occupancy permits are issued at the end of your building project. The permit confirms that your building surveyor is satisfied that the building is safe and suitable for its intended use.

Do I need an occupancy permit?

Your building permit will specify whether you require either an occupancy permit or a certificate of final inspection before you occupy the building.

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.

Certificate of final inspection

If an occupancy permit is not required, a Certificate of Final Inspection is issued by the building surveyor after approval of the final inspection stage. 

How to apply

Before you begin

Step 1.Gather supporting documents

Along with your application, you will need to attach the following documents:

  • 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.Print and complete the application form

Download the Application for an occupancy permit


Mail the completed form and supporting documents

Nillumbik Building Surveyors
PO Box 476
Greensborough VIC 3088

In person

Bring your completed form and supporting documents

To the customer service desk 

The Civic Centre
34 Civic Drive

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Closed public holidays

What happens next?

TBC - Once your application has been received, it will be reviewed by a member of the Building Services team. A response will be sent to you via email within 10 business days.

It is an offence to occupy a new home that does not have an occupancy permit so please do not move in until you have received your approved permit.