To help with future building applications or buying a property you can get information on past approvals and consents granted on the land a number of ways. Development application details and some documents associated with recent applications are available on Council’s Website at www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/application-tracker
Development application register
Development details and some documents associated with recent applications are available free on Council’s website.
Consent register search
This service (some know it as a preliminary search) is mainly used by real estate agents, conveyancers and solicitors to assist with the sale and purchase of properties. No documents are provided as part of this service.
You will be provided with a list of applications registered for that property recorded in Council’s application database/register. This information often helps pinpoint applications of interest and can provide an indication of the permissibility of the development.
Make a request:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
providing the property details (Lot, DP/SP and street address) you are interested in and include your search terms such as development year, consent, inspection, etc. We aim to have an answer to you within 3 business days.
House/internal drainage diagrams
A house/internal drainage diagram is the internal layout of a house's plumbing lines as they have been laid for the development. This diagram shows the location and direction of the pipes all the way to the outside of the building connection to the sewer junction.
In many cases house/internal drainage diagrams are not readily available. If your request relates to a property sale and the requirement to have a house drainage plan with a contract of sale under the Conveyancing Act, Council can provide agents/property owners with a letter advising these records are not available in the ordinary course of business.
Make a request: Send an email to email@example.com to be sent your internal drainage letter. Covering letters can generally be issued within 24 hours.
Copies of development documents
In most cases applications lodged with Council in the years 2014 and after are electronic records. In these instances development details and documents are available on Council’s website at www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/application-tracker.
If the documents you are interested in are not in Application Tracker an application needs to be made and the relevant fee paid.
Refer to the information below regarding archived records and the fees and processing times that apply for different aged development documents. Under the Government Information (Public Access) 2009 Act (GIPA) Council can provide copies of development documents classed ‘open access documents’ under various arrangements.
Paper and archived records
Applications lodged 1 July 2010 and after
Development application files of this age are a mix of paper and digital form and held at off-site archive stores. An application is required and documents can usually be provided to you for a minimal charge and provided to you within 20 business days.
Applications made before 1 July 2010
Development applications lodged in the years before 2010 are kept at off-site archives. These files are usually paper and take longer to retrieve, review and digitise for release to you. An application is required and fees and processing times can vary depending on the age of the documents and scale of the review. A records officer will advise you of the charges and processing times on receipt of your application.
Building Information Certificate
A Building Information Certificate is a certificate applied for, and issued, under Division 6.7 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. A Building Information Certificate is usually sought by buyers or sellers of a property to make sure that the particular building (or part of a building) is not going to be the subject of regulatory action by the Council. It is also commonly applied for when work is undertaken without the appropriate approvals being issued by the council or accredited certifier.
A building information certificate does not prevent Council from issuing other types of notices and orders. For example, Council may still issue notices and orders in relation to fire safety, swimming pool safety and other public health and safety matters.
By issuing a Building Information Certificate, Council confirms that it does not propose to issue an order, or commence proceedings for an order or injunction for, the subject building to be demolished, altered, added to or rebuilt. A Building Information Certificate may apply to the whole or part of a building, and is valid for seven years.
Swimming Pool Certificate
A Swimming Pool Compliance Certificate is a formal certificate issued by Council which states that at the time of inspection the swimming pool barrier complies with the requirements of Part 1 of the Swimming Pools Act 1992 and relevant Australian Standard which includes the requirements for swimming pool fencing.
The Swimming Pools Amendment Act 2012 requires pool owners to provide a valid swimming pool compliance certificate before being able to sell or lease a property with a pool. A compliance certificate is valid for 3 years.
Check if the pool is registered on the NSW Swimming Pool Register and if a compliance certificate is valid before you lodge an application with Council.
Outstanding Notice Certificate
An Outstanding Notices Certificate lists any current or outstanding notices and orders issued by Council in respect of a particular property. The provisions are contained in section 735A of the Local Government Act 1993 & section 121ZP of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
You can apply for a Section 735A & 121ZP Outstanding Notices Certificate at any time, but a certificate is most often needed before property settlement.
This page was last updated on: 20 March 2019