Previous development applications and approvals
Checking for previous applications or approvals before buying or developing a property can save you time and money.
You can view specific development application details using the application enquiry search tool on Brisbane City Council’s online planning system - PDOnline. Current and past development applications, including plans and conditions of approval, are available on PDOnline. Details are available for applications dating back to 1 January 2004. There is no charge for this service.
You need to phone Council on 07 3403 8888 to find out details and advice on a specific development application not available through PDOnline lodged prior to 1 January 2004. Council's planning officers can retrieve historical records. These include decision documents, including the decision notice, approved plans and conditions of approval. Where appropriate, you may arrange to view these decision documents. Council cannot provide copies of approved plans through this service.
Further information about a development application may be accessible through Council’s Planning and Development Certificate or Right to Information services. Phone Council on 07 3403 8888 for more information relating to these services.
Planning and development certificate
For written information, you can request a planning and development certificate for a fee, in accordance with the Planning Act 2016.
A planning and development certificate does not include copies of development plans. It will not state whether or not the current use is lawful. A standard and a full certificate refers to building approvals issued after 30 March 1998.
There are three types of planning and development certificates. Each provides a different level of information. Find out the relevant fees for each certificate.
Limited certificates are generally for standard conveyancing matters. A limited certificate provides:
- a summary of the relevant planning scheme provisions and charges resolution
- any temporary local planning instrument
- any variation approval in effect
- any state planning instrument
- any state or local designations under legislation
- a copy of any information recorded for the premises in the infrastructure charges register.
Standard certificates are generally for commercial enterprises and provides the same information contained in a limited certificate and includes a copy of any:
- decision notices (or negotiated decision notices) for development approvals that have not lapsed
- minor changes to a development approval
- approvals given to extend the currency period of a development approval
- details relating to continuing approvals (approved before 30 March 1998)
- details of decisions to approve or refuse a historical application for rezoning made under the repealed Local Government (Planning and Environment) Act 1990
- compliance certificate given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009
- exemption certificate for development on the premises given under section 46 of the Planning Act 2016
- judgement or court order about the development approval. Other than a judgment or order of a tribunal about a development permit for carrying out building works
- agreement about a condition of the development approval that Council (or a concurrence agency) is party to
- infrastructure agreement applying to the premises that Council is party to
- infrastructure agreements (with another agency, e.g. QUU) applying to the premises - where Council received a copy under section 153 of the Planning Act 2016
- description of each proposed amendment of a planning scheme Council had proposed to the planning scheme, but not adopted yet.
Full planning and development certificates
Full certificates are generally for commercial enterprises. A full certificate establishes Council's conditions for development approval. It states whether or not the conditions were complied with and describes any outstanding conditions.
These certificates state advice of prosecution, or awareness of proceedings for prosecutions, for a development offence in relation to a premises. Full certificates provide:
- the same information provided in both the limited certificate and standard certificate and;
- details of any current development approval containing conditions and a statement of fulfilment or non-fulfilment of each condition at a stated day (after the certificate was applied for)
- if there was an infrastructure agreement that Council is party to, including:
- any obligations not fulfilled, including details of the nature and extent of non-fulfilment
- details of any security given and whether required payment under the security was paid
- advice of any prosecution for a development offence in relation to the premises that the local government is aware of, or proceedings for a prosecution for a development offence in relation to the premises that Council is aware of.
How to lodge
You can lodge an application for a planning and development certificate online and pay with credit card.
For further information on lodging a planning and development certificate, phone the Planning and Development Certificate Team on 07 3403 4780.
Time to process
After the lodgement date, you will receive a planning and development certificate within:
- five business days for a limited certificate
- 10 business days for a standard certificate
- 30 business days for a full certificate.
You cannot fast track a planning and development certificate.