Building plans and documents

If you are looking for building records and documents (including plans) for a Brisbane-based home, multiple dwelling or commercial building, Brisbane City Council may have copies.

Residential records and documents

Council may have digital copies of approved building records and documents for single detached residential structures that were built, altered or renovated after 1987.

Records may include:

  • approved architectural or structural drawings
  • site plan
  • soil test report
  • decision notice and conditions of approval.

Other building documents that may be available include:

  • Design certificate (Form 15 - engineering design, energy efficiency)
  • Final certificate (Form 21 or Form 17)
  • Certificates (Form 16 - engineering, termite, glazing, waterproofing, wet area, roof trusses, smoke alarms, footings, slab, frame, final).

Commercial buildings or multiple dwellings

Council may have digital copies of approved building records for multiple dwellings, commercial or industrial buildings built or altered after 1972.

Council building plans officers cannot:

  • identify specific documents such as footings or slab details
  • verify what is contained in the file
  • provide technical advice.

Records may include:

  • approved architectural or structural drawings
  • site plan
  • decision notice and conditions of approval.

Other building documents that may be available include:

  • Design certificate (Form 15 - engineering design, energy efficiency)
  • Certificates (Form 11 - Certificate of Classification, Form 16 - engineering, termite, glazing, waterproofing, wet area, roof trusses, smoke alarms, fire safety installation, fire services, footings, slab, frame, final).

Fees

In the 2019-20 financial year, the following building records and document fees apply:

This table provides price information for obtaining a building records including document type, file inclusions and fee.
Document type File inclusions Fee
Electronic copy of building records and documents All certificates, plans and miscellaneous documents $150 per record
An additional administrative fee may be applied to complex requests that require additional research and preparation time of more than 30 minutes.   $50.00

How to order building records and documents

It may take up to 15 working days from receipt of authority document to be supplied with electronic building records and documents. Emailing electronic files is the fastest way to access the records you need.

To order records, contact Council.

To receive copies of records you need to:

  • pay the relevant fee
  • present proof of ownership or authorisation. Acceptable documents include:
    • owner:
      • rate account
      • letter of authority to view must be obtained from the body corporate for units and townhouses
    • non-owner:
      • ​letter of consent from the owner
      • signed contract to purchase the property
      • letter of authority to view must be obtained from the body corporate for units and townhouses.

Older records

For residential buildings built before 1987 and commercial building or multiple dwellings built before 1972, you will need to try to contact the original builder, or engage an architect to prepare plans of the premises.

Other plans

You can also purchase copies of plumbing and drainage plans from Council.

For copies of survey plans, showing the dimensions of property you should contact the Queensland Government Titles Office.

Last updated:26 June 2019