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Section 7 and Section 187 Searches

For Section 7 and Section 187 searches, please complete the following application form Application form for Section 7 and Section 187 Certificates. Please read all the information on this page before emailing the completed application form to

A certificate of title must be provided for full Section 7 searches in order for Council to process the search request.

Information on how to obtain a Certificate of Title can be found at

Council has up to 8 working days to complete a search. We do not offer urgent searches.

A Section 7 (Full Search) search includes:

  • Rates certificate (certificate of liabilities) - rates levied for current financial year and any outstanding rates balance
  • Health – details of any relevant notices issued
  • Development assessment – listing and supporting decision notification forms for approved development applications with ongoing conditions
  • Building indemnity insurance (if held by Council)

A Section 187 (Rates only) search includes:

  • Rates certificate (certificate of liabilities) - rates levied for current financial year and any outstanding rates balance

Who can request a search?

Searches can be requested by any person with an interest in the land. Under the Local Government Act 1999 (Section 187), a person has an interest in land if that person is:

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

Fees and charges

  • Section 7 (Full Search) - $61.25
  • Section 187 (Rates only) - $35.75
  • If settlement occurs within two months from the date of the last certificate issued to you, you may request a free certificate of liabilities update - Free

Payment options

  • Credit card
  • Cheque
  • You have an account