Building and Plumbing Records Search (BPRS)

A BPRS provides information about what building and plumbing approvals are recorded against a property in council’s records.

What information does a BPRS provide?


  • Any outstanding building requisitions registered against a property
  • Description of approved structure
  • Approval date
  • Approval number
  • Final inspection date
  • Any outstanding plumbing requisitions registered against a property
  • Description of approved plumbing permit works
  • Permit date
  • Permit number
  • Final inspection date

What a BPRS does not provide?

  • Copies of plan (this is a separate request)
  • A physical inspection to confirm current records
  • There is no physical inspection - the BPRS does not confirm or deny that any further work has been performed on the premises

What verification must the property owner or authorised third party provide?

  • Owner - proof of ownership e.g. identification or copy of rates notice
  • Solicitor/Purchaser/Other Property - Search Application form with the owner’s signature or a copy of signed Contract of Sale
  • Purchaser – Property Search Application form and a copy of signed Contract of Sale

A Contract of Sale is not sufficient unless it clearly states that “The Seller authorises the Buyer to inspect records held by any authority, including Security Interests on the PPSR relating to the property”. E.g. REIQ Contract 7.7(3). The Contract of Sale must be signed by both the seller and the buyer.

A fee applies for the search with the amount differing depending on the class of the building (i.e. Class 1&10 – Residential OR Class 2-9 – Commercial).

How long is my BPRS going to take?

  • Normal timeframe within 10 working days

Other important information

A Building and Plumbing Records Search should not be relied on as proof that there aren’t any requisitions on a property or that a building complies in all respects with the Standard Building Laws and the Standard Sewerage / Water Supply Laws and approved plans.

For more information download the building and plumbing record search factsheet.