You can request plans of a property including:
- floor plan
- site plan
- building and plumbing and drainage plans.
This is useful if you're renovating and need a floor plan, or you're looking to see if any building or plumbing/drainage work was consented.
If you're purchasing a property, we recommend you apply for a Land Information Memorandum (LIM).
A LIM will give you much more information about the property.
How long does a search take?
Please note: some property files are not currently available on request. We're converting all our property records including building files to digital. As the files are being scanned we don't readily have access to them. We apologise for any inconvenience.
We search for building plans in electronic databases, microfilm and various hard copy registers. This is because prior to amalgamation in 1989, the 4 councils had different filing methods.
If your property lies within the old Cook County boundary, all their building records prior to 1948 were destroyed in a fire. Therefore we cannot prove whether Cook County issued a permit or not for work done prior to 1948.
Forms and fees
All the fees and packages are noted on the forms. We have 2 forms:
You can email the form to us or come in to customer service. Processing will start once your payment is received. If you're paying by internet banking, please tell us when you've made the payment. In the reference fields include your surname and 'Property Search'.
What the property search does not include
A search of our records will not include:
- compliance schedules
- earthquake prone buildings
- rates arrears
If you want this information or a more comprehensive search, we recommend you apply for a LIM.