Both Section 7 and Section 187 searches must be completed by Adelaide Hills Council upon application by or on behalf of a person who has acquired a relevant interest in land situated within Council boundaries.
In accordance with the Local Government Act 1999 a person who has acquired a relevant interest in land includes:
- The owner of a registered estate or interest in the land; or
- An occupier of the land; or
- A person who has entered or declares to the council that he or she proposes to enter into a contract to purchase the land; or
- A mortgagee or prospective mortgagee of the land.
A full Section 7 search provides information on land areas and is completed in accordance with the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 and will include:
- Rates certificate which outlines rates levied for the current financial year and any outstanding rates owed;
- Relevant health notices for the land (e.g. wastewater system issues); and
- Development notifications (including Decision Notification Forms for approved development applications) and any applicable conditions.
A Section 187 search (rates) provides information on any liabilities for rates or charges attached to a land area in accordance with the Local Government Act 1999. This search only includes a rates certificate which outlines rates levied for the current financial year and any outstanding rates owed.
How to order a Section 7 or Section 187 search
How to order a search
To arrange either a Section 7 or Section 187 search, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to include details of the property and a copy of the properties Certificate of Title which can be obtained via the Lands Services Group SAILIS system (refer link below).
Fees and Charges - please do not forward card payment details via email, we will contact you for payment.
These can be located in the Fees and Charges section of the Adelaide Hills Council website. Please note Adelaide Hills Council will contact you for payment, we request that you do not place your card payment details in any email to us.
Any cheques received that are for an incorrect amount will be returned and a replacement cheque will be required.
In 1997 the District Councils of East Torrens, Gumeracha, Onkaparinga and Stirling amalgamated to form the Adelaide Hills Council. Due to the amalgamation Adelaide Hills Council currently store most records off site, therefore URGENT requests cannot be completed. Whilst Council will endeavour to complete your search request as soon as possible, Council has 8 full business days to complete the search.
Links to appropriate websites
Lands Services Group - SAILIS
Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994
Local Government Act 1999
For further information on Section 7 or Section 187 search, please contact us.