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.
There are also a number of different types of required and/or certificates that provide prospective purchasers with information such as development restrictions, building approvals, outstanding rates payable, and whether you can build on a particular block of land.
If you are a prospective purchaser, you can also make initial enquiries about a property using our ePlanning tools. Information such as zoning, height of building restrictions, applicable Development Control Plans (DCPs) and the types of development that can be undertaken on a property, is available.
Information is provided as a guide only - you should always seek legal advice and consult your real estate agent regarding your specific requirements.
Section 10.7 Planning Certificate
Under Section 10.7 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Council can issue a certificate providing information about planning controls and development standards relating to a property. You can apply to Council for a Section 10.7(2) or (5) Certificate according to your individual circumstances.
Building Information Certificate
A Building Information Certificate is issued under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The certificate prevents Council for a period of seven years from making an Order. You can apply to Council for a Building Information Certificate. This page explains the process of how to apply for a Building Information Certificate.
Section 603 (rates) Certificate
A Section 603 (rates) Certificate is commonly needed when you are selling a property. The certificate states the amount (if any) of any outstanding rates, charges and debts payable to Council in relation to a property. You can apply for a Section 603 Certificate from Council.
Building records search
If you are buying a property, a building records search can provide a helpful summary of the building and development approvals that Council holds for that property. You can apply for a building records search from Council.