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.
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.
Information regarding building approvals search, including extract of building records, building compliance inspection and reports, certificates of occupancy (classification) and final inspection.
Council may have copies of approved building plans and documents. Find out how to obtain copies of available 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.
See these other resources for useful information when buying and selling property: