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Rates Only Search

Cost: non-urgent $110.00 (5 working days) - urgent not available

This search will only provide current rates information.

Note: updated rates information will only be available for four weeks from date of application.

Flood Level Requests (Development)

Cost: non-urgent $135.00 (5 working days) - urgent not available

This search provides a report showing the levels of the adopted flood regulation line and the 1 in 20 development line in relation to the subject lot. The adopted flood regulation line is based on the highest reliable flood data encompassing the 1974 flood level, the 2011 flood level or the calculated 1 in 100 average recurrence interval (ARI)(Q100) flood level. The 1 in 20 development line is based on the calculated 1 in 20 average recurrence interval (ARI)(Q20) flood level. The Ipswich Planning Scheme places constraints on development below the adopted flood regulation line and in general does not allow development below the 1 in 20 development line.

Planning and Development Property Search Certificates (Limited)

Cost: non-urgent $385.00 (5 working days) - urgent $600.00 (2 working days)

A limited planning and development property search certificate contains the following information for premises:

  • Information required under the provisions of the Planning Act 2016 and the subordinate Planning Regulation 2017 in relation to limited planning and development certificates.
  • Outstanding show cause/enforcement notices issued under the Integrated Planning Act 1997, Water Supply and Sewerage Act, Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and/or the Planning Act 2016.
  • Outstanding health requirements.
  • Rates information - updated rates information only available for four weeks from date of application.
  • Outstanding charges against the land.
  • Drainage problem areas.
  • Unregistered resumptions or realignments.
  • Access details (road maintenance) - if applicable.
  • Legal costs.

Note: a lot is any parcel of land that can be sold separately; a building physically spanning two allotments will be treated as one lot.

Planning and Development Property Search Certificates (Standard)

Cost: non-urgent $950.00 (10 working days) - urgent $1,270.00 (5 working days)

A standard planning and development property search certificate, in addition to the information contained in a limited planning and development property search certificate, must contain or be accompanied by the following information for the premises:

  • Information required under the provisions of the Planning Act 2016 and the subordinate Planning Regulation 2017 in relation to standard planning and development certificates.

Note: a lot is any parcel of land that can be sold separately; a building physically spanning two allotments will be treated as one lot.

Planning and Development Property Search Certificates (Full)

Cost: non-urgent $6,200.00 (30 working days) - urgent by quote (10 working days)

A full planning and development property search certificate, in addition to the information contained in a standard planning and development certificate, must contain or be accompanied by the following information for premises:

  • Information required under the provisions of the Planning Act 2016 and the subordinate Planning Regulation 2017 in relation to full planning and development certificates.

Note: a lot is any parcel of land that can be sold separately; a building physically spanning two allotments will be treated as one lot.

Residential Building and Plumbing Records Search

Cost: non-urgent $250 (5 working days) - urgent $390 (2 working days)

This search will be provided in the form of a letter identifying a list of building and plumbing approvals issued over the requested property, i.e. dwellings and other buildings (sheds, carports, pools, etc). The search will note the date of approval of each structure and information will also be provided regarding any inspections that have been carried out (slab, frame, final, etc).

This search will not include any plans.

Residential Building Approval Documentation - Single Structure

Cost: non-urgent $185 (5 working days) 

This search will provide every document available relating to a building approval issued for the requested premise. This search will only provide documentation for a single structure, i.e. dwelling, additions or renovation to a dwelling, shed, patio or carport, etc.

There is a free text area available on the search application form which will need to be completed by the applicant to specify which structure the search will be carried out on. If the free text area is not completed Council will only provide the applicant with approval information relating to the dwelling.

Note: A building approval will generally have the following documents available: application form, decision notice, engineering certification, soil report, form 15s, form 16s, energy efficiency certificate and approved plans. A copy of the final certificate and any supporting documentation regarding the issuing of a final certificate will also be included in this search (where available).

Residential Building Approval Documentation – All approved structures

Cost: non-urgent $250.00 (5 working days)

This search will provide every document available relating to all building approvals issued for the requested premises, i.e. dwelling, additions or renovation to a dwelling, shed, patio, carport, etc.

Note: A building approval will generally have the following documents available: application form, decision notice, engineering certification, soil report, form 15s, form 16s, energy efficiency certificate and approved plans. A copy of the final certificate and any supporting documentation regarding the issuing of a final certificate will also be included within this search (where available).

Building Location Envelope Plan

Cost: non-urgent $60.00 (5 working days)

This search will provide a copy of the building location envelope plan that has been approved as part of the development approval. This plan will show any siting and access constraints over the land. This is a condition of the development approval and runs with the land.

Note: If the property is not subject to a building location envelope a refund will not be considered.

Internal Sewerage Plan – Residential

Cost: non-urgent $60.00 (5 working days)

This search will provide a copy of the approved internal sewerage plan. This plan identifies where the sewerage runs from inside the dwelling and connects into the main sewerage infrastructure.

Note: Where sewerage infrastructure is not available the dwelling may be connected to a septic system or other similar onsite facility. If available Council will endeavour to provide a copy of the approved plumbing plan depicting the possible location of this facility within this search.

Vacant land: If a search is requested on vacant land with no dwelling application lodged, an internal sewerage plan will not be available and a refund of this search will not be considered.

For 'As Constructed' sewerage plans contact Queensland Urban Utilities on 132 657.

Other Searches (Residential)

Quotes for search services other than those listed above can be provided at request by contacting Council on (07) 3810 6666.

Commercial Building and Plumbing Records Search

Cost: non-urgent $475.00 (5 working days)

Note: An additional $140.00 per hour will be charged if the work exceeds 3 hours.

This search will be provided in the form of a letter identifying a list of building and plumbing approvals issued over the commercial/industrial premise, i.e. factories, warehouses, shopping centres, shop fit outs etc. The search will note the date of approval for each structure and information will also be provided regarding any inspections that have been carried out (slab, frame, final, etc).

Note: This search will not include any information relating to development approvals.

This search will not include any plans.

Commercial Building Approval Documentation (up to three structures)

Cost: non-urgent $460.00 (5 working days)

This search will provide every document available relating to building approvals issued for a commercial premise. This search will only provide documentation for up to three structures.

There is a free text area available on the search application form which will need to be completed by the applicant to specify which structures the search will be carried out on. If the free text area is not completed Council will provide the applicant with the 3 most recent building approvals issued over the premise.

Note: A building approval will generally have the following documents available: application form, decision notice, engineering certification, soil report, form 15’s, form 16’s, energy efficiency certificate and approved plans. A copy of the final certificate and any supporting documentation regarding the issuing of a final certificate will also be included in this search (where available).

Commercial Building Approval Documentation (all approved structures)

Cost: non-urgent $550.00 (5 working days)

This search will provide every document available relating to all building approvals issued for the commercial premise.

Note: A building approval will generally have the following documents available: application form, decision notice, engineering certification, soil report, form 15’s, form 16’s, energy efficiency certificate and approved plans. A copy of the final certificate and any supporting documentation regarding the issuing of a final certificate will also be included in this search (where available).

Certificate of Classification (already issued by Council/private certifier)

Cost: non-urgent $205.00 per certificate (5 working days)

This search provides a certificate of classification for a commercial premise (factories, warehouses, shopping centres) where one has been issued by Council or a private certifier.

Consideration should be given to the age of the structure in question – Council’s records generally date back to 1975 with the introduction of the Building Act and Certificates of Classification may not be available for building erected prior to 1975 (in this instance Council will provide a formal response).

A refund will not be issued for this search.

Commercial Hydraulic Services Plan

Cost: non-urgent $60.00 (5 working days)

This search will provide a copy of the hydraulic services available for the premise. This will include sewerage, stormwater and water location plans (where available). Council can only provide this information where a structure has an existing approval.

For vacant land with no approval/s issued please contact Queensland Urban Utilities as they may have information available for the main infrastructure.

Other Searches (Commercial / Industrial)

Quotes for search services other than those listed above can be provided at request by contacting Council on (07) 3810 6666.

Copy of development (not building) approval (if not available on PD Online)

Cost: non-urgent $60.00 (5 working days)

There is a free text area available on the search application form which will need to be completed by the applicant to specify which development approval is required.