Occupancy Permit – What Does It Mean?

Occupancy Permit (or Certificate of Final Inspection) is not the same as Completion.

It doesn’t even mean the house is ready for PCI Inspection or even that you would be happy to move in.

What’s typically needed for an occupancy permit are:

  • All the structure of the house has been completed and the rooms comply with the minimum dimensions (for example ceiling heights)
  • The roof drainage is connected to an approved point of discharge.
  • Bush fire protection measures are completed(If required)
  • Handrails and balustrades (and pool fences)  installed.
  • Provision of sanitary and other facilities in at least one bathroom.
  • The building is constructed to prevent the penetration of water and dampness to the inner parts.
  • Waterproofing of wet areas completed to the satisfaction of the Inspector.
  • Smoke detectors are working.
  • Power and water connected.
  • If you have gas appliances the pipework is  ready for connection to the gas supply.


Three things that you might expect are:

      • Painting
      • Internal Doors
      • Floor Finishes/Coverings

As well as many other things that are included the building contract.

Building Inspection- Compliance or Quality explains why a compliance certificate doesn’t mean the house has been built to the required standard