An Occupancy Certificate is an essential document certifying the construction of the building and that it complies with the local laws, and according to permissible plans. The local municipal authority issues the Occupancy Certificate upon the completion of the construction of the building and is ready to be occupied.
Who are Eligible to get this Service?
Any owner of the property in the jurisdiction of the local municipal area who has obtained the plan sanction is eligible to get the service of Occupancy Certificate, that includes you, the property owner.
Steps to Obtain an Occupancy Certificate
The Occupancy Certificate is obtained from the local authority upon submission of the application form after the completion of the building construction. Usually, the local municipal body issues the Occupancy Certificate within 30 days from the application date. Below is the list of documents that need to be submitted while applying for an Occupancy Certificate:
- Commencement Certificate.
- Completion Certificate.
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) for fire and pollution.
- Built and section plan.
- Latest tax paid receipt with the tax assessment.
- Photographs of the completed project.
- Pictures of solar panels and rain harvesting.
- Copy of the sanctioned plan.
- Calculation sheet of the floor area duly signed by an architect.
How Important is the Occupancy Certificate?
Occupancy Certificate is an important document which is required before you occupy the purchased house of the project. It certifies that the building construction is complete and adheres to local bye-laws and regulations. The builder/developer is responsible for obtaining the Occupancy Certificate upon the completion of the project. The certificate is proof that the building is safe to occupy, and it is required while applying for water, electricity, and sanitation connections from the local municipal body.
As a homeowner, the Occupancy Certificate is a legal document of the property. Without this certificate, the local authority has the right to initiate legal action as the project is deemed an illegal structure. Also, an Occupancy Certificate is one of the mandatory documents to be submitted while availing a housing loan. Additionally, this certificate is required if you would like to sell the property.