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Online Certificates

Cessnock City Council has implemented eService’s; using this online portal the customer can now order Property and Rates Certificates online.

You can order the following types of certificates online:

Section 149 (2) Certificate ($53.00)

A section 149(2) Certificate details the zoning of the property, its relevant state, regional and local planning controls and other property issues as identified within Schedule 4 Planning Certificates of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

Section 149 (2) & (5) Certificate ($133.00)

A section 149 (5) Certificate is an additional certificate that cannot be purchased without also purchasing a 149 (2) Certificate. A 149(5) certificate details additional matters that Council identifies as pertinent to the land the subject of the certificate.

Section 603 Rating Certificate ($80.00)

A section 603 Rates Certificate specifies any outstanding rates, charges or debts payable to Council in relation to a parcel of land.

Section 121ZP Certificate or Section 735A Certificate ($77.00)

Certificates that list any outstanding notices for the property, such as works to rectify an unauthorised building or health notices.

Section 88G Certificate ($10.00 or $35.00 if an inspection is required)

A certificate that determines whether there are any outstanding monies payable to Council as a result of a positive covenant that effects the title of the property.

Urgent certificates can be processed within 24 hours online, urgency fees are outlined in Council's2017-2018 Fees and Charges.


To utilise the system, Customers require a login. To register for a login in please complete the form available at the link below:

Once your registration has been received you will be issued with login in details and a procedure detailing how to use the system. 

Online Certificates is an efficient service for businesses and individual customers, it provides:

  • 24 x 7 access to web services;
  • The ability to process multiple certificate types in one transaction;
  • The ability to apply for certificates on multiple properties in one transaction; and
  • A reduction in processing time.

The Online Certificates program removes the potential delays associated applying for certificates via post and email. Certificates can no longer be ordered via email, fax or mail. Council has been phasing out these methods since the 1 July 2017. 

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Hannah McCauley, Council’s Assistant Strategic Planner via telephone 02 4993 4183 or email