Buying, selling and searches

Find out the types of information that you may need when buying or selling property.

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

Building plans and documents

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

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.

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. 

Previous development applications and approvals

Find out how to view previous applications and approvals for a property and how you can purchase written advice of this in a limited, standard or full Planning and Development Certificate.

Building searches

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

Conveyance search fees

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

Inspection of records search

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

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.