If you're looking to buy or sell property on the Gold Coast, you may find information you need here. We offer a range of searches and reports. Before buying a property, it's a good idea to do some research first. You can find out about building or planning approvals, and how planning constraints might affect a property.
This can help avoid issues such as:
We provide this information as a guide only. It's recommended you seek legal advice and consult your real estate agent about your circumstances.
Fees are payable for all searches. Find fee information for different search requests in Search request fees and charges(PDF, 245KB)
Information about options for lodging a search request and requesting settlement figures.
Rates and water account searches provide details of any outstanding balances or interest for a property.
Request copies of building records, building compliance reports, certificates of occupancy (classification) and final inspection reports.
Council may have copies of approved building plans and documents. Learn how to obtain copies of documents such as architectural plans and structural drawings.
You can request copies of 'as-constructed' drainage plans for residential dwellings and commercial premises, where available.
If you are looking at buying licensed premises, we recommend you apply for a health licence search.
Trade waste searches are recommended when buying a commercial property or business that will generate trade waste.
City of Gold Coast provides limited, standard and full planning and development certificates.
We provide issue of copies of decision notices upon request, for information purposes only.
Information regarding types of map and plan searches.
There are three types of land use enquiries available - motor dealer's licence, liquor licence and general land use.
Request the status of a development approval that is currently in effect (has not lapsed).
See these other resources for useful information when buying and selling property: