Planning Certificates

Section 149 (2) and (5) planning certificates are issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). These certificates provide information related to planning considerations for a site and is typically required for the sale or redevelopment of a property.

A Section 149 (2) and (5) can be ordered separately or as a combined certificate.

Planning certificates are generated on the lot, not the street address. Where a street address comprises more than one lot (for example: 33 Moore Street being Lot 1 and Lot 2 DP 345632), a separate certificate for each lot must be applied for. Each certificate will require the payment of the appropriate fees as identified below.

Section 149 (2)

The information provide in this certificate is determined by the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000. This information includes zoning, heritage, flooding, bushfire, contamination and other planning considerations. In addition, the certificate also provides information about the availability of development for the land.

Section 149 (2) & (5)

This Certificate provides both the information available in a Section 149 (2) and additional matters such as details of flooding, potential contaminated land, airport noise and environmentally significant land.

For properties affected by certain flood levels (including a one in 100 year flood) a flooding certificate will be issued via PDF in addition to a Section 149 certificate.

Apply here for a separate flooding certificate.


A Section 149 Certificate can be issued electronically or as a hard copy.


Register for our new online certificate service and receive an electronic PDF version of your Section 149 Planning Certificate. The process is simple:

  • Register to use the online service. You will only have to do this once;
  • Follow process to order your certificate;
  • Pay by credit card and you will immediately receive a receipt.

Normally, Section 149 (2) applications lodged online will be issued via email within the next hour. For certain property types, the Section 149 Certificate may take up to five business days to review and process. Flood certificates will be sent separately if you are requiring Section 149 (2) & (5) Certificates for flood affected properties.

As a registered user, you can search Council's database of properties and order multiple planning certificates in a single transaction.

First time users

Register for the e-certificate service here

Already registered

Sign in for the e-certificate service here

Hard copy

You can also request a hard copy of Section 149 Certificates. However, as of 1 July 2017, applications of Section 149 certificates will only be accepted via Council’s website.

Council aims to process planning certificates within five business days for hard copy applications. To request a hard copy certificate, please download the Certificate Application Form You can then lodge your application in person at our Customer Service Centre, 33 Moore St, Liverpool and pay the fee.

Last updated on 2017-11-30AEDT14:22:03+1100