Building Records Searches
These searches are available for commercial and residential properties. The search is provided in the form of a letter, comprising a list of building approvals issued for the property. The search will advise the date of approval for the building work and the associated inspection details. In non sewered areas it will advise if there is a treatment plant on site that requires regular servicing. The searches also include copies of Certificates of Classifications (for commercial properties) or Final Inspection Certificates (for residential properties) where applicable. However please note, some searches may be unsuccessful.
More information about Building Records Searches can be found in our Building Records Searches Factsheet.
Certificate of Classification Searches
These searches are available for commercial properties only. For commercial buildings, shop fitouts, offices, etc, a copy of the Certificate of Classification, where one has been issued on a structure, will be provided. Consideration should be given to the age of the building that the request is for. Council's records generally date back to 1975 with the introduction of the Building Act. If the building work is prior to 1975, a Certificate of Classification may not be available. The number of Certificates can only be determined after the initial application fee has been paid.
More information about Certificate of Classification Searches can be found in our Building Records Searches Factsheet.
Certificate of Occupancy or Final Inspection Certificate Searches
This search provides Final Inspection Certificates or Certificates of Occupancy that have been issued as a result of a passed final inspection.
More information about Certificate of Occupancy or Final Inspection Certificate Searches can be found in our Building Records Searches Factsheet.
As-Constructed Drainage Plan Search Request
This search outlines where the as constructed sanitary drainage pipes are located for an existing structure.
More information about As-Constructed Drainage Plan Searches can be found in our As Constructed Drainage Plan Factsheet.
Archive Search Request
This search is carried out when someone wishes to obtain older building plans. Building Application files have a currency period of 2 years. When an application is completed or when the two year currency period has expired, it is archived. The file is able to be retrieved from Council Archives through an Archive Search.
More information about Archive Searches can be found in our Archive Searches Factsheet.
Lodging a Search
To lodge an application for a Search, you will need to submit the applicable application form. Please choose the appropriate application form from the list below:
Search Applications can be submitted by email, post or physically at any one of our Council Offices. Postal details and office locations can be viewed on the Contact page of our website. If emailing:
- And your application is for a property located to the south of El Arish and Bingil Bay (inclusive), please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- And your application is for a property located to the north of Silkwood and Kurrimine Beach (inclusive), please email it to email@example.com
Council has a five business day turnaround for Searches.