Rates and water balance enquiries

Find out the information provided in a rates balance enquiry and how to obtain a water and wastewater balance enquiry. 

Rates balance enquiries

A current rates balance enquiry confirms the account rates balance as at a particular date and is often used just before settlement of a property transfer.

Brisbane City Council strongly recommends a full inspection of records search for conveyancing. A full inspection of records search will provide broader financial information including a rates position and any possible outstandingfees/charges owing to Council in relation to a property.

The rates balance enquiry states the current balance status of a rate account and it identifies any arrears on an account. You can calculate the daily amount of rates for payment by the seller and purchaser on settlement day.

This information is free of charge if you meet the Privacy Act 1988 requirements. You must provide the specific property and ownership details.

A current rates balance enquiry provides:

  • address details
  • quarterly rates
  • property description
  • current financial position.

It is important to note the information in a current rates balance enquiry is only valid up to the date of lodgement.

You can perform a current rates balance enquiry through Council's online services.

Water and wastewater balance enquiries

Urban Utilities delivers water and wastewater services to customers in Brisbane. For information on the water and wastewater balance as part of an Inspection of Records search, please phone Urban Utilities on 13 26 57 or visit the Urban Utilities website.

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