Landscaping your property
General landscaping in residential areas does not need a development approval from Brisbane City Council or a building approval from a private building certifier. You do not need anything in writing from Council to start your landscaping project.
Council does consider landscaping requirements when they form part of a development application, such as an application for a multiple dwelling. In this case, a 'landscape concept plan' is assessed. If the development application is approved, it may be a condition of approval that private certification from an appropriate professional be sought to ensure the project complies with the development approved by Council.
A professional landscape architect can help ensure your landscape concept plan is appropriate. If the plan is not acceptable, assessment of your development application may require amendment to incorporate sufficient landscaping. A condition of any approval is likely to require the preparation of a detailed landscape plan for further approval.