Saturday, 18 June 2011 10:00

Changes to BASIX from July 1

To help both maintain and improve the BASIX system, the NSW Department of Planning andInfrastructure has announced the start date for a fee for the issuing of a BASIX certificate.

When does the fee apply?

Payment of the fee 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 the fee 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).

How much is the fee?

Below is a table showing the maximum fees payable.
Single detached dwellings $50
Dual occupancies, multi dwelling housing (other than residential flat buildings) and attached dwellings:
  • for the first 2 dwellings, and
  • for each dwelling more than 2 dwellings



Residential flat buildings:
  • for the first 3 dwellings, and
  • for each dwelling more than 3 dwellings



Alterations and additions to BASIX affected buildings (each dwelling) $25

To assist in calculating the applicable fee, an Excel fee calculator can also be downloaded from the BASIX website

Is there a different fee for certificates that don’t use the online tool?

Yes. Such certificates need to be manually produced by the Department (say for heritage buildingsor those that use alternative building solutions) and therefore extra expense is incurred. The fee fora certificate for a single dwelling not issued under the online tool would be $50 plus $25. The totalcost for manual certificates cannot be higher than $250. This is explained below in an excerpt fromthe regulation.

When will the fee need to be paid?

Payment of a fee for a BASIX certificate is required prior to the generation of the certificate on the last page of the online tool.

How can payment be made?

Payment can be made by:

  • credit card through a secure online payment portal, accessed through the BASIX website at (certificate will be issued immediately once payment has been processed)
  • cheque posted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, (the address appears on the payments page of the BASIX website. Please allow time for delivery and processing prior to the release of a certificate)
  • cash paid directly to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure Information Centre (allow time for processing prior to the release of a certificate)

Can I access the online tool without paying?

Yes. Online access to the BASIX website, help notes and the use of the online assessment tool will remain free to the public. The only change will be that a certificate cannot be generated without payment.

Will I have to pay to generate a report?

No. Access to the existing function of generating a report will remain free of charge. The report will contain all the same information as a certificate, but cannot be lodged with the consent authority (say a council or accredited certifier) for approval.

What if I need to revise a certificate after it has been generated?

There is no additional charge to revise an issued certificate, so long as it relates to the same property and project recorded on the original certificate. It must also have been lodged, or be valid to be lodged, with a consent authority as determined in the Regulations.

Any other questions?

Should you have further questions regarding the BASIX fee, please email the BASIX helpdesk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the helpline 1300 650 908 (2pm-5pm Monday-Friday).