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Ownership Transfer Fee

Cassowary Coast Regional Council charges an ownership transfer fee of $15.00 (valid from 1 July 2020) when a person buys a property. This fee has been incorporated into the Property Search fee. You can apply for exemption from the ownership transfer fee when:

  • you transfer ownership to a former spouse/de facto/partner as part of a separation of assets.
  • the property goes to the surviving joint tenant/s on the death of other joint tenant/s.
  • there is a transfer by consent/direction.
  • it is a public trustee transaction.
  • it is pursuant to a will intestacy – this occurs when ownership transfer was not made clear in a deceased owner's will.
  • an error in an earlier transfer of property needs to be fixed.

The following purchases are not exempt from payment of the ownership transfer fee:

  • Purchases made in the name of a trust.
  • Purchases made in the name of a company.