Planning and building
How to get advice
There are a number of ways to seek advice about planning and development in Brisbane.
Buying or selling
Council offers a number of searches including records, planning and building searches to help you when buying or selling a property.
Local Heritage Places online
Council’s Heritage Register has been replaced with a new system, Local Heritage Places online.
Talk to a Planner
Council holds Talk to a Planner sessions to help people understand City Plan and how it relates to their property or business.
Find what you need
Get information about a property, including zoning, using Council's online tools, Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) and interactive mapping.
Find important information and what approvals are needed for common residential projects including new homes or extensions, fences and pools.
Find information and what approvals are needed for common business projects including operating a home business or opening a shop or restaurant.
Most subdivisions need planning approval. Find out what you need to do to subdivide your land.
Council creates neighbourhood plans, with input from residents and businesses. They are legal documents that guide housing in an area and sit within City Plan.
Learn about researching and restoring heritage properties, including what approvals you might need.
Find out if your proposal requires development, building or siting variation approval. Prohibited development applications are not accepted.
Information on applying for development applications, avoiding assessment delays and post development approval requirements.
Council supports design-based approaches to achieve creative and innovative urban design. Initiatives include City of Lights and Village Precinct Projects.
Council has developed strategies and documents to provide guidance and information to support quality design in Brisbane's built environment.