Planning reform in dribs and drabs

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On 1 March 2013, the new clause 154(1B) was inserted into the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, increasing scrutiny on the issue of occupation certificates.

As of 1 March 2013:

  • An occupation certificate (whether interim or final) must not be issued unless the design and construction of a new building, or any part of a new building that is completed, is consistent with the development consent in force.
  • This applies to development consents issued on or after 1 March 2013 (excluding any construction certificate forming part of the consent). 
  • Complying development certificates are specifically included as development consents in this amendment…

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