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In March 2018 amendments were made to Part 6 of the EP&A Act to streamline building and subdivision certificates. Some of the changes to Part 6 commenced in September 2018, but the following changes were deferred until December 2019:
As of 1 December 2019, any Development Approval (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC) issued is subject to the new provisions of Part 6 of the EP&A Act, which includes:
Note: The changes will not apply to development consents or OCs issued before 1 December 2019, including uncommenced deferred commencement consents. Instead, those approvals will remain subject to former building and subdivision certificates (as in force immediately before the repeal of that Part).
What does this new OC regime look like in practice (for houses)?
The Department has released further information on its website on these changes, including guidelines and a Written Direction Notice template.
More information can be found at the following:
Occupation Certificate Guidelines
Written Direction Notice Guidelines
Written Direction Notice template
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Building and Subdivision Certification) Regulation 2019
Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Savings, Transitional and Other Provisions) Regulation 2017
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