Section 149 Certificates (Planning Certificates)

Section 149 (2) and (5) planning certificates (otherwise known as Planning Certificates), are issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). The Planning Certificate provides information related to planning considerations for a site and is typically required for the sale or redevelopment of the property.

A Section 149(2) and Section 149 (2) & (5) planning certificate 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 complying development for the land.

Section 149(2) & (5) – This Certificate provides both the information available in a Section 149(2) and additional matters as identified by Council such as specific details of flooding, potential contaminated land, airport noise affectation and environmentally significant land.

For properties affected by certain flood levels (including 1 in 100 year flood), a flooding certificate will be issued via PDF along with, OR in addition to your Section 149 Certificate.

Please note: Properties that do not require a flooding certificate are not eligible fora refund as this is a free service provided by Council in addition to the Section 149 (2) and (5) Certificate.

If you wish to apply for a separate flooding certificate, please see the below link:

Apply for Section 149 Certificates

There are two ways a Section 149 Certificate can be issued to you - electronically or in 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 the easy step-by-step process to order your certificate
  • Pay by credit card and you will receive a receipt straight away

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 5 business days to review and process. Flood certificates will be sent separately if you are enquiring 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. This service is part of Council's aim to provide faster, more user friendly services and manage information in a more accessible way.

First time user?

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 and pay for them via traditional methods. 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 5 business days for hard copy applications.
To request a hard copy certificate, please download the Certificate Application Form

and complete all of the information. You can then lodge your application in person at our Customer Service Centre, 33 Moore St, Liverpool and pay the relevant fee. Alternatively, post your completed application form and a cheque for the full amount to:

Liverpool City Council
Locked Bag 7064Liverpool BC
NSW 1871

Last updated on 2017-10-16AEDT13:27:29+1100