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Every subdivision whether it is for freehold or building format plan under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act involves conditions of approval that must be met before the land or buildings can be subdivided. If you’re looking to subdivide your land or building, then plan sealing will be your final and most important step. 

As the final stage of dealing with your local council prior to contacting the Land Titles office for your new titles, it’s crucial you work with a team that brings extensive experience and the commitment to standing by your side from start to finish to ensure the process is hassle-free and undertaken in a timely matter.

At bplanned & surveyed, our proven experience can assist you in streamlining the process, saving you time and money. We take a practical no nonsense approach and are focused on getting your plans sealed promptly. As accredited consultants for Express Seal plan sealing in Logan City Council, we can help you fast-track your applications in Logan City Council.

Our experienced team can assist with your subdivision needs to ensure you minimise unnecessary costs and delays. Reach out and speak to a member of our friendly team to learn more on 1300 275 266 or request an obligation-free quote using our secure online form.

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Our services range

  • Plan sealing applications
  • Express Seal applications – Logan City Council 

What is plan sealing?

Before finalising a subdivision of your property, a Survey Plan must be lodged with your local council for endorsement.

This process must be done before registration with the State Government’s Titles Queensland and can only happen when the following criteria have been met:

  • Earthworks have been completed
  • Essential service infrastructure has been connected (e.g. water and sewer)
  • Construction costs, infrastructure charges, and any other fees or levies have been paid
  • All necessary development conditions have been met

You need a sealed or endorsed survey plan from Council to create new freehold land titles, or approved plans to create building format titles, so trust our team which has decades of industry experience supporting Queensland property owners and developers.

What is Express Seal?

Express Seal is a process offered by the Logan City Council that aims to expedite times for development applications. The process allows accredited consultants to self-certify all aspects of subdivision development applications, such as boundary realignments, building envelopes, access easements, freehold subdivision and subdivision of buildings including apartments and townhouses. 

To participate in the Express Seal program, consultants must meet certain criteria and have the appropriate qualifications and experience. Once accredited, they can submit applications for Express Seal assessment, which involves a faster assessment process than the standard application process and allows a 25% reduction in the Council fees and charges.

The Express Seal process allows for faster turnaround times, reduces the workload for Council assessment officers, and provides greater flexibility for property owners and developers. However, it is important to note that not all applications are eligible for the Express Seal, and the accreditation process for consultants can be rigorous.

If you are considering submitting an application and believe it may be eligible for the Express Seal process, it is recommended that you consult with an accredited consultant or the Logan City Council to determine whether your proposal is eligible and how to proceed.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Plan Sealing in Brisbane

Your local council will typically charge a fee at the beginning of the process and will expect payment of any infrastructure charges, fees and rates before endorsing the survey plan. It’s also worth noting other costs associated with this crucial step of the development process. 

The table below outlines some average costs in Queensland. However, these should be considered average figures only. For an accurate breakdown of likely costs, request a 100% obligation-free quote online to understand your options with no risk or commitment.

The below table is a GUIDE ONLY of fees for a 1 into 2 lot subdivision in Brisbane.

InclusionsAverage Cost
Surveying$5000 – $7000 (pending the requirements of the development approval conditions)
Plan Sealing$2000 + GST – $3000 + GST (pending the requirements of the development approval conditions)
Council fees and charges (approx. as they are subject to change by Council)

Inspection Fees – $2500

Plan Sealing -$1280

In accordance with schedule 18 of the Planning Regulation 2017 the local government must give notice of the approval in 20 business days if the request complies.  

If the request does not comply when it is received by the local Council they will give notice and the survey plan will be endorsed 20 business days after the person gives notice to the local government that the request complies.

PLEASE NOTE: Some councils offer streamlined approval services to fast-track the process. In these cases, the council relies on the accredited consultant to assess the project for compliance.

For example, the following Queensland councils offer this service:

  • Logan City Council: ExpressSeal
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council 

These applications are typically decided within five business days, which can help advance your development goals in a timely and risk-free manner. As accredited consultants with ExpressSeal, the team at bplanned & surveyed can work with you to provide expert knowledge and insight, and help you fast-track your plan sealing and land title process with minimal fuss.

To learn more about our expedited plan sealing process, call 1300 275 266 to have a chat with a member of our team to learn about our plan sealing Brisbane services or submit a request for a quote online.

The plan sealing process can be complex and difficult to navigate without the right support. When managed incorrectly, the outcome can range from delays to issuing final titles and settlements through to unnecessary costs and charges. Though each plan sealing project is unique, there are a number of steps you’ll likely go through following approval of a development application. These include: 

Step 01: Site works are carried out in accordance with the conditions of the development approval and a surveyor is brought on to survey the development and prepare a survey plan.

Step 02: A finalised survey plan is submitted to your local council for sealing. To ensure this step is successfully completed, the following is required:

  • Compliance materials to show the development has been carried out in line with relevant Conditions of Approval.
  • A Community Management Statement is prepared for subdivisions under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act.
  • Any easement documents for easements required as part of the development.
  • Full payment of any fees, charges, or outstanding rates.

Step 03: Your local council will assess the survey plan to ensure the development has been carried out in accordance with the Conditions of Approval. If approved, the council will ‘seal’ or ‘endorse’ the survey plan.

Step 04: Your sealed survey plan and relevant documents must be lodged with the Titles Office for registration within six months. Once your survey plan has been registered, new titles are created.

How our experience can help you

As a trusted name in the industry, bplanned and surveyed stands for support, professionalism, and results. Our clients come to us to remove the stress from the development process – and we’re excited to do the same for you.  

From first contact through to project completion, our town planners and surveyors can assist and simplify a complex process. Always, friendly, honest and approachable, we’re committed to providing peace of mind and helping you navigate the final hurdle in your next exciting development.

With decades of industry experience and a track record of delivering for Queensland clients, our team can help you understand:

  • how to understand the development application (DA) process from start to finish
  • the full picture of the process – how long it may take and what other resources you may need
  • identifying cost/time saving opportunities at each stage of the process
  • flagging any potential issues early to help you avoid delays and unnecessary expenses

Call 1300 275 266 to have a chat with our team to help take the stress out of the property development process and see what a difference a partnership with bplanned & surveyed makes.