BASIX Certificates are no longer free

The proposed changes to charge for BASIX Certificates put forward in November, 2010 to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000, will come into effect 1st July, 2011.

27 June, 2011

The proposed changes to charge for BASIX Certificates put forward in November, 2010 to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000, will come into effect 1st July, 2011. A summary of these changes are as follows :

  • Payment of a fee (details on ‘Fact Sheet’ below) is required from 1 July 2011 for BASIX Certificates issued for all new dwellings (new single houses, townhouses, apartments, residential flat buildings and secondary dwellings).
  • Payment of a fee (details on ‘Fact Sheet’ below) is required from 1 August 2011 for BASIX Certificates issued for Alterations and Additions (of construction value $50,000 or more, and for pools of 40,000 litres or more).

What impacts does this have to you as a home owner/ developer?

You can no longer log on to and obtain a free certificate. If you have a BASIX assessor who is producing your certificates this additional fee will be added to the standard charge out. This means if your Basix Assessor had quoted you $X prior to these changes you will now be charged:

  • $X + $25 for Alterations and Additions
  • $X + $50 for a new home (single dwelling)
  • $X + $80 for a dual occupancy
  • $X + $860 for a forty (40) unit development

Explanatory Note: Why was the fee introduced?

The Department’s Building Sustainability Index (known as BASIX) was introduced in July 2004 and has been highly effective in reducing the energy and water usage of residential development throughout NSW. It has influenced the design and construction of over 120,000 new dwellings across NSW. Each of these households is saving up to $600 per year on their energy and water bills. However, there are substantial costs involved in administering the scheme, including for the Department to update the tool to ensure it remains effective, efficient and up to date with the latest in sustainable housing technology. In short, the fee will help fund:

  • Customer help, both online and to a call centre, with improved online help notes to be provided;
  • The issuing of manual off-line certificates where the online tool is not appropriate – such as with heritage buildings and alternative technology solutions;
  • Hosting costs for a system that processes some 1,000 applications a week;
  • Required online system improvements (including to the thermal comfort index) in response to user feedback;
  • Meeting Commonwealth energy and water requirements, including changes in the energy efficiency measures of the National Construction Code.

The fee will not be applied towards general development of sustainability policy or other planning functions of the Department. Importantly, the fee will also not apply to people using the system to test different scenarios, or learn about the system – only for applications that are actually lodged.

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