Certificate of Compliance

 

A certificate of compliance is issued by Council and formally confirms:

  • that an existing use or development complies with the Ballarat Planning Scheme (i.e. does not require a planning permit); or
  • that a proposed use or development complies with the Ballarat Planning Scheme (i.e. does not require a planning permit).

In either case, the certificate states the facts at the date of the certificate.   Unlike Council’s informal written advice, a certificate is a legal document and therefore has significant legal weight. 

A certificate is not a form of development approval. If a use or development complies with the Ballarat Planning Scheme, there is no need to apply for a certificate before proceeding. However, a certificate can give certainty if you wish to confirm that a proposed development, such as an extension to a dwelling, does not require a planning permit.  It may also be useful to a person other than the developer who needs to rely on it, for example a financial institution lending on the security of the land.

Applying for a Certificate of Compliance

An application is made to Council by completing the application form,  in conjunction with the checklist together with payment of the a prescribed fee.

 

 


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