Consumers purchasing property in South Australia are protected by the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 (LBSC Act) and the Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Regulations 2010 (LBSC Regulations).
Sections 7 and 8 of the Act specify that a statement of government interests—on the required form (Form 1 or 2)—is to be provided by a vendor or their agent to a prospective buyer before settlement of land or a small business.
The EPA has a statutory obligation under the LBSC Act to provide information relating to environment protection. It holds a copy of every report on any environmental assessment of the land or part of the land:
- by or on behalf of the owner or occupier according to certain sections of the Environment Protection Act 1993, or for the purposes of a notification under Section 83 or
- by the EPA (alone or jointly with another authority) or
- by an auditor.
How to find out if the EPA holds information on a property?
- The EPA provides information relating to the identification of potential or actual serious or material environmental harm which has been recorded on the Public Register.
- Any person can make a Section 7 enquiry by providing the EPA with a current Certificate of Title. The EPA will then provide information about the issues where this is information is retained by the EPA, and invoice you $17.50 per each title search. This information will be attached to your EPA Statement to Form 1 results.
To make an enquiry, email the Section 7 team quoting the current Certificate of Title you wish to search.
Call us on (08) 8204 2026 for further information or see the see the Information Sheet: Section 7, Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994 and the role of the EPA .