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. All documents for development applications (including plans and conditions of approval) lodged from 1 January 2004 are available. 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 Sustainable Planning Act, Section 737-741.

A Planning and Development Certificate does not include copies of development plans, it will not state whether or not the current use is lawful and does not refer to building approvals.

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 conveyancing matters, such as establishing which planning scheme the property is in. A Limited Certificate provides a description of any:

  • relevant planning scheme provisions
  • state or local designations under legislation applying to the premises.

Standard planning and development certificates

Standard certificates are generally for commercial enterprises. A Standard Certificate establishes Brisbane City Council's conditions for development approval. It provides the same information contained in a Limited Certificate and a copy of any:

  • decision notices for development approvals that have not lapsed
  • minor changes to the development approval
  • judgement or court order about the development approval
  • agreement about a condition of the development approval that Council (or a concurrence agency) is party to
  • information recorded for the premises in the infrastructure charges register, regulated infrastructure charges register or adopted infrastructure charges register, including any outstanding infrastructure charges
  • infrastructure agreement applying to the premises that Council is party to
  • description of each proposed amendment of a planning scheme Council had decided to proceed with but has not yet 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. It also outlines details of court judgements and orders in regard to development approvals.

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
  • 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 a Planning and Development Certificate online and pay with credit card.

Some documents on this page need Adobe Reader to view or print them. You can download Adobe Reader for free.

Alternatively you can download the Planning and Development Certificate application - CC3039 (PDF - 64Kb).

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.

25 May 2016