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Building File Search Request

A building file search covers all the building-related documents of a property.

These include permits, plans or certification documents.

Building file searches

You can request building files from about 1970 onward.

Be advised that there is no guarantee that a building file is available. Regardless, the cost to process a building file search request is non-refundable.

Payment is payable for each building file of the individual works. For example, one payment each for the dwelling, any additions or garages.

Council only provides building files to the current owner of the property. You must submit a copy of a rates notice or drivers licence as proof of ownership.

If you are not the current owner, you must obtain:

  • signed contract of sale
  • letter of consent from the owner/s stating they provide consent for the named applicant to receive permit/plans and associated documentation from Council (mandatory)
  • applicant’s drivers licence (mandatory).

Apply for a Building File Search Request

You can submit your application online. Payment via credit card is required when submitting your application.

We aim to provide these within 15 business days after receiving a complete application.

Apply for a Building File Search

You can also fill out a Building File Search Request form. This must be sent by post or paid in person at:

Knox City Council Civic Centre 

511 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South, VIC 3152. 

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am - 5pm. 

Please note: documents will be emailed to you with a link to a share file that is valid for 6 months.

Hard copies will only be provided upon request.

Need help?

Contact Building Services and we will get back to you.

Or call our Building Services team on 9298 8125.


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