Buying, selling and searches

Find out the types of information that you may need when buying or selling property. Brisbane City Council offers a number of searches including Inspection of Records and building searches.

Council provides this information as a guide only. Council recommends you seek legal advice and consult your agent regarding your specific situation.

Researching a property

Before buying a property you will need to do some research. Check the zoning to find out what you are able to use the property for under Brisbane’s planning rules. You can also find out the development potential, property sale information and details about the local area.

Building plans and documents

Find out how to request copies of approved building plans for a Brisbane-based home, multiple dwelling or commercial building.

Rates and water balance enquiries

Use Council’s free online service to check the rates balance just before settlement of your property transfer. Contact Queensland Urban Utilities for a water balance. 

Building searches

Check if the property you want to buy has all the necessary approvals by doing a building search.

Previous development applications and approvals

You can view previous applications and approvals and purchase written advice of this in a standard or full Planning and Development Certificate. You can purchase a limited certificate for standard conveyancing matters.

Inspection of records search

Request this conveyance search to find out the current financial position and any issues with the property before settlement.

Conveyance search fees

Information about Council's online conveyance search service's fees and charges.

Changing ownership and updating records

Find out the process for changing ownership details and the fees that will apply. You can also update your address for Council services.

Information for real estate agents

Useful Council information for real estate agents marketing property.