Request copies of building plans

You may need copies of house plans or commercial building plans to help prepare designs for new building work, garages or other outbuildings on your property.

Before applying, please note:

  • Plans and permits are the property of the owner, and copies of documents may only be provided to the owner or an agent of the owner (written letter of consent from the owner required). Proof of identity will be required.
  • There is no guarantee that the required plans or documents will be available or that the quality will be to a particular standard.
  • Permit files more than 40 years old are unlikely to be available.
  • Boundary setbacks and other dimensions shown on plans should not be relied upon without being confirmed on-site by a licensed land surveyor.
  • Sewer drainage lines are rarely shown on building permit plans, and stormwater (roof runoff) drainage lines, if shown, are usually indicative and cannot be relied upon without being confirmed on site.
  • Currently, Council can only provide electronic copies of planning and building plans. We cannot send printed copies.
  • Most physical files are stored offsite in an external storage facility. Accessing these records can take up to 15 business days.

Please note this information and process applies to requests for plans associated with a building permit only.

How to apply

Apply online

Step 1.Determine which information is required

You can request:

  • copy of approved house plans, or
  • copy of approved commercial/industrial plans, or
  • copy of available documentation on existing swimming pool and/or spa

Step 2.Have your details ready

To find the correct plans, you will need to provide:

  • the street address of the property
  • if you are the property owner - proof of identification, such as a rates notice, drivers license or passport
  • if you are applying on behalf of the property owner - written authorisation signed by the owner, as well as photo ID of the owner or a copy of the rates notice

Step 3.Have your credit card ready

Please note we can not accept Diners Club or American Express.

Step 4.Submit the online form and pay the fee

Request copies of building plans

Fees

  • Copy of approved house plans and other available permits and information - $260
  • Copy of approved commercial/industrial plans - $200
  • Copy of swimming pools and spas documentation - $55

These amounts are correct as of 1 July 2022.

Your payment will be processed by credit card at the end of the online application form.

Please note that there is no guarantee that plans will be available. If Council is unable to locate the requested documents, the fee will be refunded, less a non-refundable administration fee of $50.

What happens next?

Once your online application has been received and your payment has been processed, the requested information will be emailed to you.

Please note that there is no guarantee that plans will be available. If Council is unable to locate the requested documents, the fee will be refunded, less a non-refundable administration fee of $50. Please see the 'Fees' tab above for more information.