A Section 10.7 Cert, Why Do I Need It And How Do I Get It?

August 17, 2022

A Section 10.7 Planning Certificate is a local council information document. It provides information on a specific piece of land, based on the unique address. This includes any zoning, the planning controls and other property restrictions such as land contamination, whether it's flood or bushfire prone land and more.

Having this piece of information will provide all the information required to understand the council requirements that may affect your block and allow for an accurate total project cost. You can purchase this certificate from your local council. It is good to have a current certificate (no more than 6 months old as new information is discovered all the time) so if you have a certificate previously purchased you would need to check and make sure it had the most up to date environmental and planning information.

Here is some detailed information on the Section 10.7 certificate and how you can use it for your granny flat or home extension.

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What is a Section 10.7 certificate?

A Section 10.7 certificate consists of two different types of certificates, and these are known as 2 and 5. The 10.7(2) Certificate relates to information about the zoning of a property as well as local planning controls and the relevant state.  A certificate that falls under 10.7(2) and (5) will provide relevant information that relates to Legislation that forms part of 10.7(2) along with additional information that impacts the land that the council is aware of.

 

Why do I need a section 10.7 certificate?

A new 10.7(2) certificate is required to understand how land can be used, any restrictions or on a specific plot of land, and it will set the guidelines for an appropriate approval process through for your granny flat or home extension build through local council.

What information will I get on a Section 10.7 certificate?

A 10.7 Certificate will include information that relates to the land zone and environmental factors like whether there is a risk of bushfires, flooding, mine subsidence, or acid sulphate soils. Furthermore, it will cover the likelihood of road changes and whether the land is positioned in a Local Heritage Conservation or Biodiversity Areas. In addition to this, it will also include any tree preservation orders as well as the minimum size for homes built on the land and which State Government policies are applicable to the site.

 

Can I proceed without a section 10.7 certificate?

Having a section 10.7 certificate will make the early part of your project planning much smoother – no matter who you build with down the track. Armed with the information in the certificate you are much better equipped for conversations with your builder and planning for total project costs. When you build with Cubitt’s we ask you to get a section 10.7 early on in the design consultation process so we can provide an upfront quote that includes your total project before you sign any contracts. That means no hidden fees or unexpected costs along the way.

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How do I get a Section 10.7 certificate?

To obtain a Section 10.7 Certificate, you will need to apply to your local council where you can request a part certificate which is known as a Section 10.7(2) or a full certificate known as a Section 10.7(2) or (5). You can search for this online or when you start your conversations with your Design Consultant at Cubitt’s we will send you the link to purchase it from your local council.

 

How much does a section 10.7 certificate cost?

The cost of a Section 10.7 Certificate can vary between councils but the majority of them will charge less than $150.

How long does it take to get a section 10.7 certificate?

On average, the time it takes for you to obtain your Section 10.7 Certificate is around 2 days. However, this can vary depending on the council you are submitting the application to and could take as long as a week.

 

How long does a section 10.7 certificate last?

The certificate is valid from the date that it is issued but planning legislation and environmental information can alter regularly that’s why we ask for a certificate that has been requested within 6 months.

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About Vince Zinghini

Vince is Cubitt's Director of Planning. With two decades experience in NSW and ACT Council planning and a team of people covering the specific areas in which Cubitt's build, its rare to find a planning scenario we haven't been able to tackle.