Building plans and documents | Brisbane City Council

Building plans and documents

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

Residential plans and documents

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

Plans 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 plans for multiple dwellings, commercial or industrial buildings built or altered after 1972.

The Building Plans officer cannot:

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

Plans 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 16 - Engineering, Termite, Glazing, Waterproofing, Wet area, Roof trusses, Smoke alarms, Fire safety installation, Fire services, Footings, Slab, Frame, Final.

Fees

In the 2018-19 financial year, the following fees apply:

Document type File inclusions Fee
Electronic copy of existing domestic building approval All certificates, plans and miscellaneous documents $91 per electronic approval
Electronic copy of commercial/industrial/multiple unit dwelling building approval All certificates, plans and miscellaneous documents $334.15 per electronic file

How to order

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

To order plans you can contact Council.

To receive copies of plans you will 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 plans

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.

29 October 2018