Section 7 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.

People who have no relationship with the property (e.g. people interested in buying) can complete an Assessment Book Extract Application Form and pay $10.50 for ownership information. Visit the Information on Property Owners page for information about this form.

Council has up to 8 working days, from the day that payment is received, to complete a search.  

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What is a Section 7 Search?

A full Section 7 Search consists of three components:

  • Rates - A rates certificate is generated which shows rates levied for this financial year and outstanding rates due.
  • 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.

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Fees and charges
  • Rates only: $32.50
  • Property only: $23.30
  • Full Section 7 Search: $55.80
  • Full Section 7 Search - Urgent (not 24 hour): $67.25

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Certificates of Title

All $23.30, $55.80 and $67.25 searches must include a copy of the Certificate of Title in order for Council to process the search request.

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Urgent searches

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

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Faxing searches

Only $32.50 rates updates may be faxed to customers if requested - a hard copy will also be posted.

Please note: $55.80 and $67.25 searches will not be faxed under any circumstances.

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Application form


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