Planning and Development Certificates
A planning and development certificate (PDC) gives varying levels of important planning and approval information relating to a property. There are three types of PDC, each containing particular levels of detail. Depending on the type requested, a PDC can have many valuable uses for a prospective purchaser, developer or solicitor, including formal confirmation of:
- The zoning and planning scheme provisions applying to the land
- Current development approvals
- Unpaid infrastructure charges or court decisions affecting the property
- The status of compliance with development approval conditions or infrastructure agreements
The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 sets out the level of information to be given and timeframes for provision of each certificate.
Types of planning and development certificate available
Council offers the following:
- Limited planning and development certificate
- Standard planning and development certificate
- Full planning and development certificate
|Certificate type||What is included|
|Limited planning and development certificate|| This certificate provides general planning information relating to the property, including:|
This certificate does not include information about development approvals relating to the property or whether there are unpaid infrastructure charges owing to Council.
|Standard planning and development certificate||Information provided in a standard PDC is more detailed. It includes all information provided in a limited PDC, as well as:|
A standard PDC does not provide any information regarding the fulfilment of development conditions.
* building approvals issued after 30 April 1998.
|Full planning and development certificate||Information provided in a full PDC is the most comprehensive, and includes all information provided in a limited and standard PDC, as well as:|
Please note that this statement does not include approval conditions which contain ongoing requirements.
Which planning and development certificate best suits my needs?
Given the general planning information provided within a limited PDC, it is generally more suitable for residential properties where there is no commercial element to the land use. We would recommend that standard and full PDCs are generally more suitable for commercial or industrial properties or higher risk transactions. However, you should seek independent legal advice on your particular circumstances.
The latest version of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 is available at the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.