Completion certificates

Apply for a completion certificate

When building work is finished you should apply for a completion certificate within the three-year period of validity for your Building Warrant. Please note that the completion certificate may only be accepted within the three-year validity period term.

Apply for a completion certificate

Once you have applied for a completion certificate, we will acknowledge receipt of your application within 14 days. A member of the Building Standards team will then arrange to visit your property to carry out an inspection. Using a degree of reasonable inquiry, the surveyor will check the building works with a view to considering the application for acceptance. 

Inspection outcome

If the inspection is satisfactory, the surveyor will issue the notice of acceptance of completion certificate which will be issued to the relevant person as soon as possible and will be emailed to the applicant.

If the inspection is unsatisfactory, you will be provided with a list of the items which require attention. Once these items are addressed, the surveyor may reinspect the building or consider an alternative arrangement such as photos or a video call inspection. This is determined on a case by case basis.

We recommend that

  • the Building Warrant document
  • copies of the approved plans
  • the notice of acceptance of completion certificate

should be kept in a safe place with the title deeds for your property. These may be required if you decide to sell your property in the future or are in the process of selling.

Details of this information will also be available on Building Standards register.