Other Searches

Costs for the following additional searches vary. During the purchase process we will discuss what searches you require and the associated costs. Importantly, we will not charge a mark-up or surcharge on what our search provider charges us (we may however charge for time spent in conducting and advising on extensive search requests).

  • Settlement Notice – A settlement Notice is important to protect your interests in the property. This gives notice to any third parties that you intend on buying the property and prevents the registration of any other dealings, other than the transfer of the property to you.
  • Transport and Main Roads Search – This search reveals whether the Main Roads Department (Queensland Transport) has or may have a land requirement for a specific purpose, eg. whether they wish to acquire the land for road widening. It is noted that Queensland Transport will not provide information on proposals for resumptions that are not currently approved.
  • Contaminated Land Search – This search reveals whether the property is listed on the Environmental Management Register or Contaminated Lands Register. If the property is listed on either, it may limit or inhibit your ability to use the property in the way you intend. This search does not test the soil at the property.
  • Bankruptcy Search – This search is only conducted if the seller is an individual. The search reveals whether the seller is bankrupt, which may affect their legal right to sell the property to you.
  • ASIC Search – Only valid if seller is a company – this search provides details of the company ownership.
  • Personal Property Security Register Search – This search details any personal property (eg. chattels) affected by a registered security interest. This is important as if some assets being purchased by the buyer are subject to a registered security interest, they may be subject to repossession even though settlement has occurred.
  • Court Registers (Supreme, District and Federal Courts and QCAT) – These searches show if an action has been commenced by or against the seller and the nature of any action commenced.
  • QCAT tree and fences Search – This search may reveal details of orders in relation to trees and fences on the property under the Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011.
  • Town Planning Limited Search – This search provides a summary of the planning scheme and any designations applying to the property.
  • Town Planning Standard Search – Includes limited town planning advice plus information relevant for future development or checking compliance of existing development, including copies of decision notices for current and declined development approvals and copy of infrastructure agreements.
  • Town Planning Full Search – Usually for commercial enterprises – this search includes the standard town planning advice above, plus a statement of fulfilment or non-fulfilment of any current development conditions, details of infrastructure agreements and advice of prosecutions for development offences.
  • Building Records Search – This search reveals whether the council has issued approvals in relation to any structures or buildings on the property.
  • Sewerage Diagram Search – This reveals the location of any sewerage mains, which may pass through the property, and whether they may affect future plans you may have for the property (eg. building a swimming pool).
  • Flood Search – This search reveals whether there has been a history of flooding and whether historic flood levels are likely to impact on the property and/or buildings on the property.
  • Pool Safety Register Search – This search shows whether there is a pool on the land, a current pool safety certificate for the property or a revocation notice for a pool safety certificate under s 246AG Building Act 1975.
  • Electricity Search – This search will detail if the property is connected under normal electricity tariff conditions or some other arrangement. It may also detail whether there are any underground electricity cables running through the property.
  • Telco Search – This search reveals whether there are any major telecommunications cables (eg. belonging to Telstra, Optus etc) which may pass through the property.
  • Transport Noise Corridor Search – If you have reason to believe that the property you are purchasing maybe within a Transport Noise Corridor, we can undertake a search. If the property is in a noise corridor, the Queensland Development Code requires buildings to achieve certain levels of noise mitigation through the use of appropriate materials for the floor, walls, roof, windows and doors where they are located in the corridor.
  • Vegetation Management Search – If you are anticipating on clearing vegetation, a vegetation management search may be of interest to you. When you request a property report for a specific area, you will receive relevant property information and a series of maps and supporting information outlining the requirements for clearing vegetation on the land. A vegetation protection order search may also be conducted.
  • Queensland Building and Construction Commission Search – Only relevant to properties less than 6 years and 6 months old – this search reveals any insurance cover issued by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission for any building works conducted on the property.
  • Coastal Development Searches – Only relevant for coastal frontages and canal properties – a Development Approval and Coastal Management Search reveals whether the land is within a coastal management control district or an erosion-prone area and therefore the provisions of the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 applies.
  • Queensland Heritage Register Search – Only relevant for properties greater than 50 years old – this search reveals whether the property is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. Searches can also be conducted of the World Heritage List and National Heritage List.
  • Unexploded Ordnance Search – As a result of military training and live firing undertaken in the past, there are many areas throughout Australia which may be subject to residual Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) contamination. The Department of Defence has undertaken to identify and record sites where there is potential for such contamination.
  • Body Corporate Records Search – Only relevant to properties in a community title scheme – this search is a physical search of the body corporate’s records. Based on the findings, a report is produced that can include information about the body corporate such as its financial position, any building defects, disputes, compliance with legislation and management issues.
  • Body Corporate Orders (Form 3) Search – This search details any orders made against a particular title scheme.
  • Body Corporate – Certificate of Classification – This search reveals the classification of the building and the permitted use (for example, if purchasing for permanent residence as opposed to temporary letting).