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 use the application enquiry search tool within Council’s Online Planning System (PDOnline) to view details for a specific development application. Current and past development applications, including plans and conditions of approval, can be viewed on PDOnline for applications dating back to 1 January 2004. There is no charge for this service.

To find out details and advice on a specific development application not available through PDOnline (lodged prior to 1 January 2004), you will need to phone Council's planning officers on 07 3403 8888. These officers can retrieve historical records (decision documents, including the decision notice, approved plans and conditions of approval) to respond to your enquiry. Where appropriate, you may arrange to view these decision documents. However, 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 development application information for a property, 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 and it will not state whether or not the current use is lawful. A Standard and a Full Certificate will refer 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 planning and development certificates

Limited certificates are generally for standard conveyancing matters, such as establishing which planning scheme the property is in. A Limited Certificate provides, specific to the premises:

  • 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 planning and development certificates

Standard certificates are generally for commercial enterprises. It provides the same information contained in a Limited Certificate and in addition, includes a copy of any:

  • decision notices (or negotiated decision notices) for development approvals that have not lapsed
  • minor changes to the 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 any decision 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 has been given a copy under section 153 of the Planning Act 2016
  • description of each proposed amendment of a planning scheme Council had proposed to be made to the planning scheme, but has not yet been adopted.

Full planning and development certificates

Full certificates are generally for commercial enterprises. A Full Certificate establishes Council's conditions for development approval, states whether or not the conditions have been 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 that have not been fulfilled, including details of the nature and extent of non-fulfilment
    • details of any security given and whether any payment required under the security has been made
  • 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 Brisbane City Council is aware of.

How to lodge

You can lodge an application for a Planning and Development Certificate online and pay with credit card.

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Alternatively you can download the Planning and Development Certificate application - CC3039 (PDF - 48kb).

To lodge the application form, you can:

  • visit Council and make payment in person
  • mail the application with a cheque to:

Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001.

Time to process

After the lodgement date, planning and development certificates results are provided within:

  • 5 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.

07 July 2017