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17 August 2018: Department of Planning and Environment news

New building and subdivision certification provisions of the EP&A Act postponed until 2019

The commencement of the new Part 6 provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), which cover building and subdivision certification, has been postponed until 1 September 2019. This will allow the sector time to adjust to other recent significant changes to the Act and to building and fire safety regulations. It will also give the Department of Planning and Environment the opportunity to further consult with key stakeholders and work with practitioners to prepare them for the changes before they become operational.

Division 6.7 (Building information certificates) of Part 6 of the EP&A Act commenced on 1 March 2018.The former section 121ZP of the EP&A Act has been continued through clause 41 of Schedule 5 of the EP&A Act, allowing councils to continue to issue certificates as to whether there are outstanding orders or notices for a site.

The remaining Part 6 provisions will not take effect until 2019, meaning that until that time the current provisions continue to operate. 

Find out more

To find out more about the updated EP&A Act, the new building and subdivision certification provisions and transitional arrangements, please:

 

Sincerely

Felicity Greenway

Executive Director

Resource Policy & Reform Implementation

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