Development sites often contain vegetation which contributes to the landscape character of an area. Planning applications on these sites may need to comply with the following.

Planning applications for sites identified in the significant landscape tree overlay map must consider how the design layout protects any significant landscape trees.

The significant landscape tree overlay code aims to retain the landscape character and visual amenity values provided by significant landscape trees.

The landscape work code aims to retain, protect and integrate significant on-site vegetation into development designs. This is demonstrated by the preparation of a landscape concept plan.

The planting species planning scheme policy aims to promote urban landscapes consistent with Brisbane's subtropical climate and:

  • its natural environment
  • the existing local character 
  • specific vegetation themes
  • the use of local native and non-invasive introduced plant species in landscaping.

Relevant standards, guidelines and resources

Brisbane City Plan 2014

Other standards

  • AS 4970-2009 protecting trees on development sites - care and protection of trees throughout the development process from site analysis to design stages and through construction.
  • AS 4373-2007 pruning of amenity trees - specifies the methods for pruning trees and provides guidance on correct practices.

For enquiries regarding site survey requirements, phone Council on 07 3403 8888 to speak to an ecologist or landscape architect.

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