Yards, pools, fences and landscaping

Find information about installing a pool or spa, building a fence or retaining wall, undertaking landscaping and installing lighting and rainwater tanks in outdoor spaces in residential areas in Brisbane. This section includes preferred locations for your project, plus any constraints, exemptions or other approvals you will need.


Find out the regulations about fencing a property, as well as information about resolving neighbourhood disputes.

Build a retaining wall

If you are proposing to construct a retaining wall on your property, the retaining wall must meet regulations and you may need building approval.

Swimming pools and spas

Find out what approvals are required for building or erecting a swimming pool, outdoor spa or wading pool on your property.

Installing rainwater tanks

You may need planning or building approval to install a rainwater tank on your property.

Landscaping your property

General landscaping in residential areas does not need planning approval or a building application. Find out more.

Outdoor lighting

Read about outdoor lighting and when planning approval is required, including information about tennis court lighting.


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