Buying or selling
When buying or selling a property you should seek legal advice from a solicitor or conveyancer for detailed information to protect your interests.
If you are a purchaser, you can make initial enquiries about a property by using the online tools on our lodge, track and plan page. You can find information such as:
- height of building restrictions
- applicable development control plans
- types of development that can be carried out.
On this page you will also find details about the different types of certificates and searches available to purchasers. You can apply for information about a property such as:
- development restrictions
- building approvals
- outstanding rates payable
- whether you can build on the land.
This information is a guide only. You should always seek legal advice and consult your real estate agent about your specific requirements.
Section 10.7 Planning Certificate
A Section 10.7(2) or (5) Certificate provides information about planning controls and development standards relating to a property.
Building Information Certificate
A Building Information Certificate is issued under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 and prevents Council from making an Order for a period of seven years.
Section 603 (rates) Certificate
A Section 603 (rates) Certificate is required when you are selling a property. The certificate states the amount of any outstanding rates, charges and debts payable to Council in relation to a property.
Section 735A outstanding notices
A Section 735A and 121ZP Outstanding Notices Certificate lists any outstanding Notices and Orders issued by Council in relation to a particular property.
Building records search
A building records search can provide a helpful summary of the building and development approvals that Council holds for a particular property.
Dwelling entitlement search
A dwelling entitlement refers to the potential for Council to approve a dwelling on a certain property.
If you are buying a property, you can make some initial enquiries such as zoning, height of building restrictions and applicable Development Control Plans.
Swimming pool barrier compliance
Council's swimming pool barrier inspection program aims to ensure that pools are protected by a child-proof barrier designed to meet Australian Standard requirements.