Property enquiries

There are several different ways you can request information about your property. Please see the below options to find out what is the best way to find out what you need. 

Settlement/land purchase queries

Property settlement enquiries are usually requested by settlement agents or solicitors acting on behalf of the vendor or purchaser of a property soon to be settled. To get this information, the settlement agent must be acting on behalf of:

  • The current property owner.
  • Person(s) who have signed an intention to purchase the property.
  • Person(s) who have written authorisation from the property owner to conduct the enquiry.
A purchaser may also act on their own behalf by forwarding a letter of request. The fee for this service is $138 and the information is forwarded within seven working days.
 
The property settlement enquiry will determine the following information:
  • The value of rates levied.
  • Outstanding rate payments.
  • Refuse charges.
  • Zoning Orders or requisitions.
  • Details of Residential Building Approvals exceeding $10,000 in value.
  • Land resumption orders or requisition.

Archive building plans and documents

If you require access, or copies of plans held in the City’s archives, you will need to conduct an Archive Plan Search. 

Please note you must be the owner of the property you are requesting plans for or alternatively have their consent to access the plans. If your property is located within the City of Vincent, Town of Cambridge or Town Victoria Park you will need to contact those respective authorities directly regarding archive searches.

 

 
Please note you must be the owner of the property you are requesting plans for or alternatively have their consent to access the plans.

Specific Document Search

Requests such as the age of a building, the year of approval, construction costs, builder’s details, copies of building permit or planning approvals can, in most cases, be answered by requesting a Specific Document Search. 
 
Please note that if your property is located within the City of Vincent, Town of Cambridge or Town Victoria Park you will need to contact those respective authorities directly regarding archive searches.

Written planning advice

If you require more detailed planning information please download and complete a Written Planning Advice application form. This is a separate process and additional service to a specific document search, which can provide detailed information related to a historic or potential application noting details such as the floor area, plot ratio and parking numbers.

The request must be clear and succinct. Within 14 days of receiving your application, the requested information will be researched and a letter of reply mailed to your address. Please note that the City of Perth cannot guarantee that the requested information is available and in the instance that your search is unsuccessful, the application fee is non-refundable.