What is an occupancy permit?

Occupancy permits are issued at the completion of a building or renovating project when every item that can affect safety is in place and fully operational, such as the water supply; smoke alarms, alarm systems, handrails and balustrades. It does not mean that all the painting is done, that the carpet is laid or that all fittings are installed. All of that may be weeks, or even months away. An occupancy permit is issued when a building is ‘suitable to occupy’ from a safety point of view. It is not a statement that all the building work is necessarily complete. Nor is it a certificate that states that all the building work complies with the relevant legislation.