Section 7 Searches

Section 7 and Section 187 Searches

Searches provide information on a particular property. They can only be ordered by or on behalf of a person who has an interest in land within the area.

For the purposes of ordering a Search, the Local Government Act 1999 (Section 187) states that a person has an interest in land if and only if that person is:

  • the owner of a registered estate or interest in the land; or
  • an occupier of the land; or
  • a person who has entered or declares to the Council that he or she proposes to enter into a contract to purchase the land; or
  • a mortgagee or prospective mortgagee of the land.

Council has up to eight working days, from the day that payment is received, to complete a search. 

A full Council search consists of two separate components:

  • Rates – (Section 187) A rates certificate is generated which shows rates levied for this financial year and outstanding rates due.
    Development and Environmental Health – (Section 7).
    Environmental Health - The specific property is checked against the contaminated land register to identify whether any relevant notices have been issued.
  • Development Services - A search is done on previous applications to check whether there are any continuing conditions. A copy of the indemnity insurance (if available) is attached and any encumbrances, Land Management Agreements or current notices issued for that particular property are indicated on the search.
Certificate of Title

All $23.80, $57.05 and $68.75 searches must include a copy of the Certificate of Title in order for Council to process the search request.

If there is more than one Certificate of Title attached to the property being searched, this fee will be charged for each individual Certificate of Title.

Fees and Charges 
Rates Only$33.25
Property Only$23.80
Full Section 7 Search$57.05
Full Section 7 Search - Urgent      $68.75
Urgent Searches

Urgent searches will be given priority but Council will not guarantee a 24 hour turnaround.

All Searches will be returned by email.

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