Property Information

Your ‘property information’ is generally referred to in connection with mortgages, zones, overlays and easements affecting your property.

A lot of this should be recorded on your property’s title certificate or Certificate of Title but it is otherwise accessible in several different ways with varying degrees of detail, depending on how much you’re prepared to spend.

The Monash Interactive Maps provide easy access to information such as:

  • Aerial photos 2016
  • Historical aerial photo (from 1951)
  • Properties and addresses
  • Council services
  • Community facilities
  • Essential services
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Planning controls
    • Heritage Overlay
    • Vegetation Protection Overlay

Sources for Property Information

Here are a couple of ways to find out about your property that won’t cost you a cent:

Dial 1100 for the free DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG hotline

  • If your building project involves digging into the ground in any way, this will tell you about any underground pipes or cables where you are proposing to build, and who owns them.
  • DIAL BEFORE YOU DIG cannot give you information about all possible easements on your property but you do not have to fill out any forms or put down any money.

Check the Monash Planning Scheme online

  • This is the official government resource for Monash’s planning schemes, and maps are made available as soon as a change, - like an overlay - is added.
  • A planning scheme or overlay is often put into place because the designated authority has deemed the area to be, for example, as prone to flooding or considered at risk for bushfires.

Look up your basic property information on land.vic.gov.au

  • A general search is free, and will also reveal any planning schemes that may apply to your property.
  • Unlike the online Monash Planning Scheme maps, these maps can be adjusted in scale so you can narrow down to near street level and widen to see the surrounding area
  • A more detailed search will cost you $4.40 but this will provide you with a full site diagram of your property with approximate dimensions, area and perimeter.
  • Getting a copy of your property information and title certificate is relatively easy, and it will give you a full description of easements and caveats on your property.

Title Certificate & Copy of Plans

It is worth remembering that unless you have just bought the property - in which case you may be able to refer to your Contract of Sale - you will need a title certificate to successfully apply for any building permit.

If you think you may not need a permit for your project, please see the following page:  Do I Need a Building Permit?

You will have to get out your wallet but you can apply for a copy of your title certificate through either commercial property information search companies or directly to the Land Information Office:

Apply online at the Land Information Office, at LANDATA, for your title certificate and property information

  • LANDATA boasts a turnaround of only five minutes for this information which is referred to as a “Copy of Title” and a “Copy of Plan”
  • For additional fees you can also request information about mortgages, land tax and sale history among the many types of information LANDATA can provide but turnaround times vary to as much as ten days.

Physically visit the office between 8:30 am & 4pm Monday to Friday at 570 Bourke Street in Melbourne

  • The bricks and mortar office may be able to provide you with some of the information faster, and staff members are available to help with your inquiries. Similar fees should apply.
  • If neither of these options works for you, try calling the Land Information Office by phone on:
    Ph: (+61 3) 8636 2456

If you are still unsure about your property information and if this may affect your building projects, contact Council or apply for your property information - for a fee - using either of the following documents:

  • Request for Property Information
  • Request for a Copy of Building Documents. This will provide you with plans of your house and/or factory and/or office in addition to a copy of the Occupancy Permit(s)/Certificate of Final Inspection issued for your property.

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Last updated: 30 May 2017