Section 7 Certificates


Duty Planning and Building Officer Service Update.

Until further notice our regular Duty Planning and Building Officer service continues to be available via phone, Zoom, Teams and email. Our Duty Officers can be contacted on 8416 6333 or Face-to-face enquiries at our Development Desk at the Civic Centre are only available on a 'by prior appointment' basis. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Before buying or selling a house you need to get a Section 7 Certificate. This is required under the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act.

Section 7 search

Step 1 - Register

Looking to do a Section 7 certificate search? You must first register online

In order to use some functions you will need to register your details with Council and you will receive an email when your login is ready for use.

Should you not receive confirmation within 3 business days, please contact Council on 8416 6333 for assistance.

Step 2 - Search

When you receive your login information, visit the Section 7 search page. You will be prompted to enter your login information.

The certificate provides information about

  • the zoning of the subject property
  • any approvals granted for the property
  • any outstanding notices or orders
  • special provisions such as if the property is heritage listed or prone to flooding.

A page of Advisory Notes of general information which is not property specific is appended to the Section 7 Certificate.

Getting a certificate

NOTE: it’s important to provide all the required information as incomplete applications are returned unprocessed.

We can provide a Section 7 Certificate when you supply us with the following information for the property you’re buying or selling:

  • the name of the person or company requesting the search (e.g. the applicant)
  • applicant contact details
  • property address
  • a copy of the Certificate of Title for the property
  • fee payment.

Fees as from 1st July 2021

NOTE: if there is more than one Certificate of Title attached to the property being searched a $26.00 fee will be charged for each individual Certificate of Title.
For each Certificate of Title search Fee
Within one (1) business day $75.25
Within eight (8) business days $62.50
For a search relating to one (1) strata unit/community lot $26.00
For a search relating to two (2) strata units/community lots on the same strata/community plan $52.00
For a search relating to three (3) or more strata units/community lots on the same strata/community plan $77.50
Rates search (independent of Section 7 and 12 Property Search) $36.50

More information

Email a Development Assistant or phone 8416 6333, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.