Building and Plumbing Searches

An overview

Council can provide a range of building and plumbing information for use during the purchase process or prior to development.

You may want to confirm whether building or plumbing works on the property have been approved or require finalisation. Or you might seek a copy of the approved building plans for a house. Various ways we can assist you are outlined below.

Categories of building and plumbing search

Council provides the following:

  • Building and plumbing approvals report
  • Building and plumbing inspection report
  • Building plans search
  • Certificate of classification
  • Miscellaneous building documents

 

Search typeWhat is included
Building and plumbing approvals report

This report gives information about building and plumbing approvals records we have available in respect of a property. The report specifically includes:

  • details of building approvals issued, including the type of structure, whether it has had a final inspection and details of the approving authority (whether by Council or
  • private building certifier)
  • plumbing and drainage approvals
  • general information on water and sewerage

This report is useful if you want confirmation that all the buildings have been constructed with an approval and whether final inspections have been completed.

Building and plumbing inspection report

This report can tell you whether the buildings have been constructed in accordance with building approvals. The report includes:

  • details of building approvals issued, including the type of structure, whether it has had a final inspection and details of the approving authority (whether Council or private building certifier)
  • a report on the state of compliance with building approvals, for example, whether a building has been constructed in accordance with an approval
  • where relevant, general advice on aspects to rectify
  • details of plumbing and drainage approvals

This report can assist you to understand whether the buildings on the property are in compliance with the building approvals, and, if not, we will give you an opinion why this is the case. If an approval remains unfinalised, the report will indicate this accordingly. As a building officer must gain access to the property during the report process in order to inspect the property, the written authority of the current owner will be required.

Building plans searchThrough this search, you can request a copy of approved plans associated with a building approval issued by a private building certifier or by Council, for either residential or commercial properties. The search process involves a manual search of all electronic and archived records.

Approved building plans can include, for example:

  • architectural or structural drawings
  • site plans
  • floor plans
  • elevation drawings
  • engineering drawings

In every case, we perform a comprehensive search all of records available. However, occasionally, a search may reveal that Council does not have a record of the plans. This is more likely in the case of older buildings. In that instance, we would encourage you to attempt to contact the original builder or engage an architect to prepare plans of the premises.

Certificate of classification

This search will determine if Council has a copy of a certificate of classification for a specific building. If so, we will provide a copy. Certificates of classification are required for approvals granted in respect of commercial buildings or multiple dwellings approved after 1 April 1976.

Miscellaneous building documents

Upon request, we can search our records for particular documents related to a building approval, and if it is available, supply you a copy. For example, this may be:

  • A final inspection certificate for a house
  • A glazing certificate
  • A soil or geotechnical report
  • A termite treatment certificate

Please indicate on the application form the name of the document that you seek and we will search our records.

Our application forms are available here.