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  • What is a Planning Certificate?

    When land is bought or sold, the law ( Conveyancing Act 1919) requires a Planning Certificate (also known as a Section 149 Certificate) to be attached to the contract for sale. Planning Certificates provide information on the planning controls applying to the land, how the land may be used, and any restrictions on development. Planning Certificates are also known as Section 149 Certificates because they are controlled by Section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

    Information provided on Planning Certificates

    There are 2 types of Planning Certificate, a Basic Planning Certificate (also known as a section 149(2) certificate) and a Full Planning Certificate (also known as a section 149(2)(5) certificate). We recommend that vendors (those selling land) obtain a Full Planning Certificate to attach to a contract for sale.

    Each type of Planning Certificate provides information on:

    • Planning Documents, such as State Environmental Planning Policies, Local Environmental Plans, Development Control Plans and Development Contribution Plans.
    • Planning Controls, such as land use zones, minimum lot size for a dwelling house, heritage information etc.
    • Environmental Hazards or Constraints, such as biodiversity certified land, bushfire prone land, contaminated land, flood controls, mine subsidence.
    • Land reserved for proposed road widening or realignment or other purposes.
    • Orders or notices such as those issued under Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006.
    • Site Compatibility Certificates for Seniors Housing, Infrastructure or Affordable Rental Housing.

    Apply for a Planning Certificate

    Apply and pay online.

    Please ensure you accurately identify the land you are interested in and provide a valid email address as we will send your certificate to that email address.

    Planning Certificates are generated for each individual lot. Where a site consists of multiple lots, you will need to apply for a certificate for each individual lot.

    There is a fee. A 149(2) Planning Certificate (basic certificate) costs $53 and a 149(5) Planning Certificate costs $133.

    We will email Planning Certificate(s) to you within 2-3 working days of receiving your application.

    If you require a Planning Certificate faster than 2-3 working days, we will process one within a working day for an additional fee of $92.


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