Before you can find out whether planning approval is required for your project, you need to obtain key facts about your site such as site area, zoning, neighbourhood plan and overlays.
You can find this information by using Brisbane City Council's online tools:
- PD Online - property development and application search tool
- Brisbane City Plan 2014
- Brisbane City Plan 2014 interactive mapping.
The zoning of your property guides the type of development that may occur on your site.
Neighbourhood plans are created by Council with input from residents and business owners. They are legal documents that form part of the City Plan and guide development in local areas. Neighbourhood plans can change the development requirements in local areas and some may also change the level of assessment for a planning application.
An overlay shows unique characteristics of a property such as features to protect, valuable resources and planning matters to consider, such as flooding. These may affect the level of assessment required for your development application, and may introduce design requirements that need to be considered for a planning application.
How to use the City Plan 2014 interactive mapping
Access the Brisbane City Plan 2014 interactive mapping tool.
How to find a property
- Select 'Search' from the main menu.
- In the window that appears, fill in your property details (either suburb and address or lot).
- Select the Search button.
- The property will be displayed on the map with a highlighted border.
- Select 'Map Contents' from the menu to turn on zoning, overlays and other layers.
How to generate a property report
- Find a property using the instructions on this page.
- Select 'Property' from the menu.
- Select the relevant property on the map.
- The summary details will be displayed. Select either 'Here' or 'Maximize' to display the full property report in a new printable window.
Brisbane City Plan 2014 (ePlan)
Once you have your property report from interactive mapping, you can read more about development requirements in the City Plan. The City Plan is available as an electronic document only and is also referred to as 'ePlan'. It is an interactive document where you can quickly and easily find out what parts of the planning scheme apply to your proposal and what information you need to provide in your development application.
Depending on the type of development you are proposing, and the location and characteristics of the site, you may need to submit a development application to Council. Council’s level of assessment enquiry service provides an easy way to find out if you need to submit an application.
- Complete the Level of assessment enquiry form, including your contact information and property details.
- Select your proposed development from the list of proposed uses.
- Select 'Submit'.
- You will receive an email confirming that you have submitted an enquiry.
- Council will review your details and reply to you within five business days to advise whether or not you need to lodge a development application. You may be contacted by email if Council requires further information to assist with your enquiry.
If you require expert assistance or advice, this may be obtained from relevant building or development experts.