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Planning & Development Certificates Planning & Development Certificates

Council offers three types of planning searches. The purpose of the planning and development certificate is to provide information applicable to specific premises on planning scheme provisions, infrastructure charges or agreements and development approvals.

To apply for a planning search, complete and application form (PDF, 164kB)and submit to Council with the relevant fee.  Refer Schedule of Fees and Charges.  

A separate application must be made for each individual property.

For other Council search options, view 'Searches' tab by clicking here.  

Limited Certificate

A limited planning and development certificate must contain the following information for premises:

  1. a summary of the provisions of any planning scheme or charges resolution applying specifically to the premises;
  2. if any of the State planning regulatory provisions apply to the premises—a description of the provisions that apply; or
  3. a description of any designations applying to the premises.

Standard Certificate

A standard planning and development certificate, in addition to the information contained in a limited planning and development certificate must contain or be accompained by the following information for premises:

  1. a copy of every decision notice or negotiated decision notice for a development approval given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (the Act) or repealed Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) that has not lapsed.
  2. a copy of every deemed approval notice relating to the premises, if the development approval to which the notice relates has not lapsed.
  3. a copy of every continuing approval mentioned in repealed IPA, section 6.1.23(1)(a) to (d).
  4. details of any decision to approve or refuse an application to amend a planning scheme made under the repealed Local Government Planning and Environment Act 1990, section 4.3 including any conditions of approval.
  5. a copy of every compliance permit or compliance certificate in effect at the time the standard planning and development certificate is given.
  6. a copy of any information recorded for the premises in the infrastructure charges register.
  7. details of any permissible changes to a development approval given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (the Act) or minor changes made to a development approval given under repealed IPA.
  8. details of any charges to a compliance permit or compliance certificate.
  9. a copy of any judgment or order of the court or a building and development committee about the development approval or a condition included in the compliance permit or compliance certificate.
  10. a copy of any agreement to which Council or a concurrence agency is a party about a condition of the development approval.
  11. a copy of any infrastructure agreement applying to the premises to which the local government is a party or that it has received a copy of under section 673.
  12. a description of each amendment, proposed to be made by the local government to its planning scheme, that has not yet been made at the time the certificate is given.

Full Certificate

  1. A full planning and development certificate, in addition to the information contained in a limited and standard planning and development certificate, must contain or be accompanied by the following information for premises —
  1. if there is currently in force for the premises a development approval or a compliance permit containing conditions (including conditions about the carrying out of works or the payment of money, other than under an infrastructure agreement)—a statement about the fulfilment or non-fulfilment of each condition, at a stated day after the day the certificate was applied for;
  2. if there is an infrastructure agreement and the local government is a party —
    1. if there are obligations under the agreement that have not been fulfilled —details of the nature and extent of the obligations not fulfilled; and
    2. details of the giving of any security and whether any payment required to be made under the security has been made;
  3. advice of —
    1. any prosecution for a development offence under this Act or repealed IPA in relation to the premises of which the local government is aware; or
    2. proceedings for a prosecution for a development offence under this Act or repealed IPA in relation to the premises of which the local government is aware.
  1. However, the applicant may request that a full certificate be given without the information normally contained in a limited and standard certificate.
  2. If a condition under subsection (1)(a) relates to the ongoing operating requirements of the use of premises, the statement need not make reference to the fulfilment or non-fulfilment of the conditions other than under subsection (1)(b).

Contact us

For further information contact Council's Development and Planning Department on
1300 79 49 29.