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May 2017

The Certificate of Final Inspection Process

VIC  Hendry advises a Certificate of Final Inspection is a statutory document issued under the Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006 nominating compliance with the building permit documentation and will contain a determination/schedule of all the essential safety measures affected in the building.

Hendry provides clients with a certificate of final inspection (CFI) upon the completion of building works stemming from a building permit. We see the need to provide an explanation of the CFI process as a number of stakeholders are confused or lack adequate knowledge to appreciate what is required in obtaining a CFI from a building surveyor.

/ STATUTORY DOCUMENT
A CFI is a statutory document issued under the Building Act 1993 and the Building Regulations 2006 and nominates compliance with the building permit documentation.  A CFI is issued by a building surveyor for extensions, alterations or building works to existing buildings that do not require the issuing of an occupancy permit.

/ CERTIFICATE OF FINAL INSPECTION: PROCESS
The Building Act 1993 and Building Regulations 2006 contain the statutory provisions that guide an applicant and a building surveyor to successfully issue a CFI.

A building permit is required for all building works
under the Act and Regulations except for works specifically exempted.

The building surveyor shall nominate in the building permit whether a Certificate of Occupancy or a CFI is required upon the completion of the works to the satisfaction of the building surveyor. The building surveyor must nominate the requirement to issue an occupancy permit or a CFI. Section 38 of the Building Act 1993 deals with the CFI:

Building Act 1993 – SECT 38
Certificate of final inspection
38. Certificate of final inspection
the relevant building surveyor must issue a certificate of final inspection on completion of the inspection following the final mandatory notification stage of building work if –
(a) an occupancy permit is not required for the building work; and
(b) all directions given under this Part in respect of the building work have been complied with.

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