Residential zones

Brisbane City Council developed the Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) in consultation with the community. The plan supports a simple, fast and clear development assessment process. It guides how land can be used and developed in Brisbane to support population growth, while protecting our way of life. 

This fact sheet provides information on residential zones (PDF - 216kb).


Land in Brisbane is divided into zones. These zones guide the land use or type of development that may occur on a site. 

The City Plan further divides some zones into numbered zone precincts. These precincts provide more specific information about the types of development intended for particular locations. 

Residential zones

Residential zoning provides for a variety of housing choices to meet community needs now and in the future. The City Plan divides residential land into zones. These zones identify where different types of housing can occur. Council's residential zones include:

  • character residential
  • low density residential
  • low-medium density residential
  • medium density residential
  • high density residential
  • tourist accommodation
  • emerging community
  • rural
  • rural residential
  • township
  • environmental management.


Overlay maps include different features you must consider when developing land. For example, flooding, heritage and 'timber and tin' character. Overlay maps are available in Council’s interactive mapping tool. They help identify if your property:

  • is in an overlay, or
  • has particular characteristics to consider when preparing your development application.

An overlay may apply to all, or part, of a property. More than one overlay may affect a property. Overlays may affect the type and level of development assessment required, as well as design requirements such as building height, landscaping or vehicle access. Some overlays are for information purposes only. 

Traditional building character overlay map

The traditional building character overlay map was called a 'demolition control precinct' under Brisbane City Plan 2000. It identifies land where existing character houses must be protected. Any renovations or new development must reflect the neighbourhood’s traditional building character. 

Check which zones, precincts and overlays apply to your property

The City Plan interactive mapping tool allows you to view your property on a map. You can see the zones, precincts, overlays and neighbourhood plans that apply to your site. The maps are colour and number coded to help you clearly identify development requirements.

It is important to check your property on the interactive map. You must include the relevant information in your development application before submitting it to Council. 

Residential zones and zone precincts

 View the residential zones and zone precincts table for information about zones and zone precincts. 

More information

For more information about City Plan, you can access the interactive mapping tool, or phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

To keep up-to-date with general planning and development in the city, register your details by emailing the City Plan team.

Disclaimer: the content of this information sheet is a summary and prepared to assist the reader to understand the City Plan. Refer to the full Brisbane City Plan 2014 for further detail.

Last updated:15 May 2019