Advice for Purchasers
Researching a property is an important step prior to purchase.
As a purchaser, there are good reasons to ensure you have enough information prior to purchase about the existence of building or planning approvals, and how planning constraints might affect a property, as:
- obtaining approvals or doing rectification works to bring a building up to standards can be costly
- a home and contents insurance policy or payout could be affected
- it may affect the value or resale potential of the property
Council can help you by providing detailed information about the land, so you can protect yourself during the purchase process and beyond.
What to look for when buying a property
To get you started, Council offers the following free online services:
- Planning and Development Online, a property and development enquiry tool which provides a quick snapshot of the zoning of the land and certain applicable approvals, as well as the ability to review development applications lodged or decided in the area; and
- the Logan PD Hub, which provides a Property Report with details of applicable zoning and overlays (e.g. to assess the potential impact of natural hazards such as flooding and bushfire, and other planning constraints). This information can be used to refer to the Logan Planning Scheme 2015 for more detail about the considerations/requirements that may apply to any future development on the property.
To inform your final decision, we recommend that you request a property search to receive a report outlining:
- Whether all buildings or structures on the property have a building approval
- Whether a building has had a final inspection, indicating it meets the relevant standards
- If any swimming pool or spa has a Form 23 pool safety certificate or Form 17 building approval final inspection certificate
- If an existing use of the land is lawful and has a development approval
- Whether the zoning or any overlays will affect the use or development of the land
- Whether there are any restrictive covenants or development approval conditions (for example, a restriction against the keeping of animals in an environmentally sensitive area)
- For a commercial building, if a certificate of classification is current or whether there are any outstanding infrastructure charges.
Understanding the local area
Logan is a diverse and growing city. We suggest that you read a little about the history of Logan, what it is like to live in the Logan community and experience its facilities, parks and entertainment.
You can also refer to the Logan Planning Scheme 2015 to understand the planning policy intent and constraints which apply to any future development on the property and in the surrounding area. You will need a Property Report from the Logan PD Hub to identify which zones and overlays may be applicable. For further assistance, please contact a planner.
This information is provided as general advice only. Council recommends you seek independent legal advice in respect of your particular transaction. For further information, please have a look at the fact sheets and FAQs, visit these useful links or contact Council to discuss any questions you may have.