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When buying a property a person should initially seek legal advice from a solicitor/conveyancer who will give you detailed information to protect your interests including specific requirements of the Conveyancing Act.

Information about a specific property can be sought from Council on request and payment of the relevant fee. The request for information is usually applied for by the owner or someone with the written consent of the owner or by the Solicitor.

Common information requests received by Council are:
  • Planning certificate (S149 (2))
  • Dwelling Entitlement search
  • Information relating to prior development consents issued over the land
  • Drainage Diagram (sewer main location)
  • Building Certificate (149A)
  • Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate
  • Outstanding Health or Building notices
  • Onsite Sewage Management Inspection and Pre-Purchase report
  • Copy of approved plans
  • Copy of an Occupation Certificate
  • Development Consent Search
  • Outstanding Rates and Water Charges (S603 Certificate)
A request for any of the above can be made using the information shown below. Fees required are identified on the respective application forms.

Please click on the headings below to view further information...

What is a S149 Planning Certificate?
What is Dwelling Entitlement Search?
What is a request for information relating to prior development consents issued over the land?
What is a Drainage Diagram (sewer main location)?
What is a Building Certificate (149A)?
What is a Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate?
What is an Outstanding Health or Building Notices?
What is an on-site sewage management inspection and pre-purchase report?
What is request for a copy of approved plans?
What is a copy of an Occupation Certificate?
What is a Developent Consent Search?
Section 603 Certificate - Outstanding Rates and Water Charges

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to find out about my Deposited Plan or Instrument 88b
Deposited Plans define legal boundaries of land and often record subdivisions, easements, resumptions or are prepared to support Primary Applications.  Deposited Plans (and Strata Plans) are copyright to the NSW Land and Property Information (NSW LPI) office.
Copies of Plans can be obtained from The NSW LPI at Land and Property Information or by calling 1300 052 637

What is a Instrument 88b, and where can I find it?
An 88b instrument is part of a deposited plan, which upon registration creates easements, restrictions on land use and covenants.
How long does it take to process an Outstanding Notice Certificate?
Outstanding Notice Certificates are normally ready for collection or post within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the application.

What is the timeframe for a 149 Certificate?
Urgent 149 Certificates take 2 working days to process.  Non - Urgent 149 Certificates take up to 5 working days to process.  Current financial year fees are applicable.
Last Updated: 12 January 2017