Building certification moratorium


The building certification moratorium ended on 30 June 2016.

If you own a building in the Northern Territory built before 28 April 2009, a moratorium was in place until 30 June 2016 to allow you to comply with building certification requirements.

During the moratorium, buildings assessed to be a hazard to people continued to be subject to enforcement action.

Amendments to the NT Building Act and Regulations that commenced on 1 May 2016 created two new levels of occupancy certification, in addition to the existing occupancy permit.

The three different levels of occupancy certification allow for differing levels of compliance with the Building Act and Regulations and provide building owners more options to comply with building certification requirements.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website to read about occupancy certification.


For more information about the moratorium, contact the department.

Building Advisory Services
Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment
GPO Box 1680
Darwin NT 0801

Phone: (08) 8999 8985

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Last updated: 10 November 2019


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