Planning and building certificates
If you are buying or selling a property there are documents that you will need. Some of these are required before transfer can take place, others are optional.
If you need help with a planning or development matter talk to us and we can point you in the right direction. Our development advice team is here to help.
Contact Council and a town planner will return your call for enquiries relating to development. You can also make an appointment to meet with a town planner.
If you are preparing to lodge a development application we recommend that you use our development advisory service. Arrangements can be made to meet you on site to discuss potential development rights and issues. Applications forms are required. Fees apply. For more information download the Development advice/information form.
Researching the history of development activity on your property can be an important part of any redevelopment / redesign process. Council holds development related records dating back to the 1980s. Our online application tracking tool publishes information on development applications received after 1 January 2011. Prior to this date, information is mainly held in paper / microfiche files. These records are often held offsite.
To access offline records you will need to complete an application form and identify the documents you require. Requests for development related information generally take 28 days. Documents sent and / or published online are print restricted. Where the development is not finalised (ie., no final inspection or occupation certificate) the current owner of a property is generally given print permissions.
Information provided is given under the open access provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act.