Heritage Register

The Heritage overlay in Brisbane City Plan 2014 maps all Brisbane heritage sites. The Queensland Heritage Register and Brisbane's Heritage Register list these sites.

Compiling the register

Brisbane's Heritage Register was compiled from earlier registers or lists of heritage properties from the 1987 Town Plan. Brisbane City Council continually identifies other places through its planning process, surveys and studies of building types.

Members of the public, including property owners, can also nominate properties for listing. After a process that includes public consultation, Council decides if a place should be heritage listed.

Council bases its decisions on the recommendation of Council architects and historians, in consultation with the Heritage Advisory Committee.

Criteria for entry in the Heritage Register

A heritage place or precinct must meet one or more of the following cultural heritage values:

  • it is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the city’s or local area’s history
  • it demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the city’s or local area’s cultural heritage
  • it has potential to yield information that will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the city’s or local area’s history
  • it is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places
  • it is important because of its aesthetic significance
  • it is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technological achievement at a particular period
  • it has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
  • it has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the city’s or local area’s history.

Nominate a place for the register

If a place meets one or more of the heritage criteria, you can nominate it for Brisbane's Heritage Register.

Send details of the property, including the address and photographs or historical material (if possible) to:

City Architecture and Heritage team
Heritage nominations
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001

Alternatively, you can email the City Architecture and Heritage team.

Have your say on the listing of a heritage place

An owner, or a member of the public, can have a say on the listing of a property on Brisbane's Heritage Register.

As part of Council’s consultation process, properties identified for listing are advertised by public notice in The Courier-Mail and placed on public display. At the same time, the City Architecture and Heritage team notifies owners in writing of its intention to recommend the property for listing on Brisbane's Heritage Register.

Council notification gives the owner and members of the public the opportunity to make a written submission in relation to the proposed heritage listing.

All submissions are assessed by Council officers and reviewed by the Heritage Advisory Committee before Council makes a decision of listing. Responses are provided to all submitters following a final decision by Council.

Listing on Brisbane's Heritage Register is not subject to appeal.

View the register

To check if a property is listed on the Brisbane Heritage Register, you can:

Council's Heritage Register database is the best way to search for the location and details of heritage buildings and places of significance in Brisbane.

Other types of heritage registers

All levels of government in Australia maintain registers of heritage places. The Australian Heritage Directory includes the Australian Heritage Places Inventory. This can be used to search for places listed in state, territory and federal government heritage registers.

The directory also includes a separate Australian Heritage Database to search for places on the:

  • World Heritage List
  • National Heritage List
  • Commonwealth Heritage List
  • Register of the National Estate. 

Various non-government organisations also maintain lists of heritage places, including the National Trust in each state.

The only registers that have legal provisions for protecting heritage-listed properties in Brisbane are: 

You can download the Local Heritage Register (PDF - 725kb).

More information

If you would like more information on Brisbane's Heritage Register, you can:

Last updated:19 August 2019