Conveyancing searches

In addition to the following searches council strongly encourages prospective home buyers to also have independent building inspections, using an experienced person accredited with the Building Services Authority, to ensure the house is structurally sound.

Complying pool fence inspections can also be done by Council to ensure that the pool fencing meets current legislative requirements.

Requesting a search

Register for Moreton Bay eServices to request searches online or complete and return the appropriate form.

Types of searches

Property purchasers are advised to be aware of the time frames to complete the searches especially in the event of a short settlement period.

  • Developed Land Record Search (no registration required)
    Contains all rating levies and credits, town planning zone, relevant property conditions, and building and plumbing applications. Note: Does not include flooding information as this can be downloaded free from Council’s website.
  • Land Record Search (no registration required)
    Contains all rating levies and credits, town planning zone and relevant property conditions. Note: Does not include flooding information as this can be downloaded free from Council’s website.
  • Building and Plumbing Search (no registration required)
    Contains information held by the Council in relation to the building and plumbing applications on the property. It is recommended that a Building and Plumbing Search is undertaken on all developed properties.
  • Name & address search (no registration required)
    Details of a property owner including the property owner’s name and postal address.
  • Planning & development certificates
    Planning and development certificates contain information about how the relevant planning scheme affects a property as of the date the certificate is requested. The types of certificates and the information they provide:
    • Limited planning & development certificate
      (Planning Regulation 2017, Schedule 23) includes a summary of the provisions of any planning scheme or charges resolution applying specifically to the premises; if a TLPI applies to the premises and suspends or otherwise affects the operation of a planning scheme provision stated in paragraph (a)—a description of the way in which the TLPI suspends or otherwise affects the provision; if a variation approval is in effect for the premises—a description of the way in which the variation approval varies the effect of a planning scheme provision stated in paragraph; if a State planning instrument applies to the premises—the name of the instrument; a description of any designation applying to the premises; a copy of any information recorded for the premises in the infrastructure charges register kept by the local government.
    • Standard planning & development certificate
      (Planning Regulation 2017, Schedule 23) includes the information provided in a limited planning and development certificate plus a copy of every decision notice or negotiated decision notice for a development approval in effect for the premises; details of any changes made to a development approval in effect for the premises; details of any approval given to extend the currency period of a development approval in effect for the premises; a copy of every deemed approval notice relating to the premises, if the development approval that the notice relates to has not lapsed; a copy of every continuing approval stated in the repealed IPA, section 6.1.23(1)(a) to (d) relating to, and in effect for, the premises, including any approval, consent or permission that, under the repealed LGP&E Act, section 8.10(8) was continued in effect as if it were an approval, consent or permission stated in the repealed IPA, section 6.1.23(1)(a) to (d); details of any decision to approve or refuse an application to amend a planning scheme made under the repealed LGP&E Act, section 4.3, including any conditions of approval, relating to the premises; a copy of every compliance certificate given under the old Act relating to the premises and in effect at the time the standard planning and development certificate is given, including any changes made to the compliance certificate; a copy of any exemption certificate for development on the premises given by the local government under section 46 of the Act; a copy of any judgment or order of the P&E Court, a tribunal or a building and development dispute resolution committee under the old Act; a copy of any agreement that the local government is a party to about a development condition of a development approval in effect for the premises; a copy of any agreement that a referral agency is a party to about a development condition of a development approval in effect for the premises, if the local government has been given a copy of the agreement; a copy of any infrastructure agreement applying to the premises that the local government is party to or has received a copy of under section 153 of the Act; a description of each amendment, proposed to be made by the local government to its planning scheme, that has not yet been made at the time the certificate is given; if the premises are within a declared master planned area a copy of relevant information.
    • Full planning & development certificate
      (Planning Regulation 2017, Schedule 23) includes the information provided within both a limited and standard planning and development certificate plus, if a relevant approval for the premises includes conditions (including conditions about the carrying out of works or the payment of money, other than under an infrastructure agreement) imposed, or required to be imposed, by the local government—a statement about the fulfilment or non-fulfilment of each condition, at a stated day after the day the certificate was applied for; (However, this does not apply in relation to a condition of a relevant approval if the condition relates to the ongoing use of the premises; and the applicant may request that a full planning and development certificate be given without the information normally contained in a limited or standard planning and development certificate.); if an infrastructure agreement applies to the premises and the local government is a party to the agreement— details of the nature and extent of any obligations under the agreement that have not been fulfilled; and details of any security required under the agreement, including whether any payment required to be made under the security has been made; and details of any prosecution, or proceedings for a prosecution, for a development offence under the Act, the old Act or the repealed IPA relating to the premises that the local government is aware of.
  • Flood level information
    Download a free online report that describes flooding on a property. 
  • Health (licensed premises) search
    Contains all property notes, change of ownership fee included, search of council records for last order or current status and inspection of premises with copy of compliance results
  • Building & Plumbing searches

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