Heritage places

Brisbane’s heritage places reflect aspects of our local history and culture. Heritage places range from the convict-era buildings in the Central Business District (CBD) to the shops, schools, churches, factories and houses in our suburban landscape.

In response to community concerns, Brisbane City Council introduced heritage listing as legislation in the 1987 Town Plan. The aim of heritage listing was to protect a number of buildings in the CBD and some inner suburbs.

Council’s heritage listing process aims to identify and protect places of cultural heritage significance in Brisbane. There are over 2000 listed places on Brisbane's Heritage Register Database. These include:

  • buildings
  • precincts
  • parks, gardens and trees
  • war memorials and statues
  • bridges and retaining walls
  • sewer vents and fire hydrants.

The Heritage overlay, mapped in Brisbane City Plan 2014, identifies places that have local or state cultural heritage significance. The Heritage overlay code determines suitable development that can take place on or adjoining these sites. This includes the reuse of these sites to ensure the cultural heritage of a place or area and Indigenous cultural values are not compromised.

Brisbane City Council's Heritage Register Database is the best way to search for places on the Heritage Register and the reasons for their listing. You can also view the Heritage overlay in the Brisbane City Plan 2014 interactive mapping.

The Queensland Heritage Register, created under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992, comprises places of heritage significance at a state level. Approval by the Department of Environment and Science is required for any redevelopment of these heritage places.

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Last updated:9 October 2019
Topics: heritage