Building certification moratorium

The building certification moratorium ended on 30 June 2016.

If you own a building in the Northern Territory (NT) 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 1993 and Building Regulations 1993 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 1993 and Building Regulations 1993 and provide building owners more options to comply with building certification requirements.

To read about occupancy certification, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

For more information, read the following:


For more information about the moratorium, contact the department.

Building Advisory Services
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
GPO Box 1680
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 08 8999 8985

Last updated: 31 August 2020

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