A planning documentation search is commonly requested by people who have an interest in a proposal for, or are seeking the planning history of, a particular site.

The search accesses completed planning permit files which can include copies of:

  • planning permits
  • endorsed plans
  • delegate reports
  • endorsed documents.

How to apply

The easiest way to apply for a Planning Documentation Search is online. Please follow the below link and either register or Login to our Online Services portal.

Note: If you are registering for the first time please ensure you edit your account details to add a postal address as this is not part of the initial registration process. Detailed instructions can be found in get a planning permit.

  1. Select ‘apply for a permit’
  2. Then scroll down until you find ‘Planning and Building Documentation Search’ and select ‘Start’
  3. Finally in the drop down select ‘Planning File Search’

To begin your application start by entering the property address.


After your application is received and lodged an officer will email you a tax invoice, including instructions for how to pay the application fee.

Residential applicationsFee
Residential lodged from 2010 onwards$65
Residential lodged prior to 2010$120
Commercial applicationsFee
Lodged from 2010 onwards$115
Lodged prior to 2010$360
Scanning and Photocopying per pageFee
A1 and A0$8.80

Time frames

Searches will generally be processed within 10 business days of lodgement however, complex searches may take longer.

Need assistance with your file search?

If you need more information or a hardcopy form, please contact the Records team.

Via Online Services
Phone: 03 9209 6242
In person: visit the Enquiries Counter at St Kilda Town Hall during opening hours Monday to Friday

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