Laws and permits for residents

Brisbane City Council administers and enforces regulations around keeping of animals, noise, pollution, vegetation, fences and health and safety. Permits are sometimes required for these and other areas. Find out when permits are required and how to apply.


Animals and pets

Requirements for keeping dogs, cats, poultry and horses and for operating a pet shop in Brisbane.
Swimming pools and spas

Swimming pools and spas

If you are considering building a swimming pool on your property, you will need to obtain building approval. Your pool application must include information about the location of your proposed pool barrier.

Setting up a home business

Council has planning criteria if you are thinking of starting a home business including number of employees, signage, car parking and hours of operation.

Protected vegetation

Submit an application to work on protected vegetation, read the amendments to the Natural Asset Local Law 2003 and request a Vegetation Protection Order.

Footpaths and driveways

A residential driveway provides car access for a single detached house. A permit is needed before you build, repair or modify a residential driveway.

Noise restrictions

Council is responsible for investigating some noise complaints and on-the-spot fines may be issued. Learn about the acceptable noise levels and complaints. 

Residential parking permits

Resident parking permits are available for eligible residents who live in a Regulated Parking Permit Scheme Area.

Laws and permits for businesses

Learn more information and the requirements for permits and licences issued by Brisbane City Council.

Suburban Construction Management Taskforce

The Suburban Construction Management Taskforce (SCMT) is a special team targeted at addressing and responding to residents’ concerns about development activities attached to a development approval.