Using the City Plan

Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) has been developed by Brisbane City Council in consultation with the community to support a simple, fast and clear development assessment process. The plan guides how land in Brisbane can be used and developed to support economic growth, while protecting our city's enviable way of life.

This factsheet will help you understand how the City Plan can assist you to plan your development. 


How does the City Plan work?

Council uses the City Plan as a set of rules to assess whether your development is approved to proceed. 

There are four types of development. 

  1. Material change of use – for example changing the use of a property such as a house to multi-unit dwellings. 
  2. Reconfiguring a lot – for example making larger or smaller lots by subdividing or amalgamating.
  3. Building work – for example building, repairing, altering or moving a structure.
  4. Operational work – for example filling and excavating. 

What tools are available to help with my development application?

The City Plan includes two on-line interactive planning tools, the ePlan (electronic version of Brisbane City Plan 2014) and interactive mapping to make it easy for you to see what requirements may affect your development. All of these tools can be found by visiting Council’s website and searching for Brisbane City Plan 2014.

Interactive mapping tool

Council’s interactive mapping tool allows you to view your property on a map to see the zone, zone precinct, overlays and neighbourhood plans that apply to your site. It can also generate a property report that will help you to identify the rules that apply to your development and the criteria Council will use to assess your application. 

NOTE: Accessing the interactive mapping tool via a mobile or tablet device will direct you to a mobile version of the platform. This version is designed for optimal use on small format devices and is not a full featured version of the interactive mapping tool. For the full featured version, please ensure you access interactive mapping via a desktop or laptop computer.

Listed below are instructions on how to use the full featured version of the interactive mapping tool. The full featured version will make it easier to prepare your development application. 

How to find a property

  1. Click on the ‘Search’ icon circled in red in the figure to the right.
  2. In the pop-up window fill in the property details - either suburb and address or lot. 
  3. Click the ‘Search’ icon on the pop-up window.
  4. The property will be displayed on the map with a highlighted border.
  5. Click on ‘Map Contents’ to turn on zoning, overlays and other layers. 

How to generate a property report

  1. Find a property (see above).
  2. Click the ‘Property’ icon in the toolbar identified in the figure to the right.
  3. Click within the relevant property.
  4. The summary details will be displayed. Click the ‘Here’ icon to display the full property report in a new printable window. 


Once you have your property report from interactive mapping, you can read more about development requirements in Council’s ePlan. It includes the City Plan divided into sections so you can quickly and easily find the planning information that relates to your development. 

How do I know if I need to submit a development application?

Depending on the type of development you are proposing, and the location and characteristics of the site, you may need to submit a development application to Council. 

A PD Online property enquiry can help you determine if the proposal requires Council approval. You can also phone Council on (07) 3403 8888 during business hours and ask to speak to a town planner. 

While Council aims to assist you through the process, you may wish to engage a consultant, town planner, surveyor or other appropriately qualified professional for help with your building or development project.

This table provides information about how to know if you need to submit a development application and what category it sits under including exempt, self-assessable, code assessable and impact assessable.

Accepted development

The proposed development does not need assessment against Brisbane City Plan 2014.

Accepted development, subject to requirements

For certain common development types you may not need to lodge a development assessment application (i.e it may be accepted development, subject to requirements). To check whether or not your application is accepted development, subject to requirements (self-assessable) or requires a development assessment application, Council recommends you engage with an appropriately qualified professional.

Code assessable

You need to apply to Council and we will assess your application against the relevant codes in Brisbane City Plan 2014. This application will not require public notification. 

Impact assessable

You will need to apply to Council to assess your application against the relevant codes in Brisbane City Plan 2014. Depending on the type of development, the assessment can range across all provisions of the City Plan. This application will need public notification (public notice on the site, public notice in the newspaper and giving notice to owners of adjoining lots).

More information

You can lodge your application by emailing You may wish to engage a consultant town planner, surveyor or other appropriately qualified professional to prepare the application for you.

You can also attend one of the Talk to a Planner sessions that Council holds throughout the year to speak to a Council officer in person. 

For more information about City Plan, visit and search for Brisbane City Plan 2014 or phone Council on (07) 3403 8888. 

If you would like to be kept up to date with future services and general planning and development in the city, you can register your details by emailing

Disclaimer: The content of this information sheet is a summary and has been prepared to assist the reader to understand the City Plan. Please refer to the full City Plan document, entitled Brisbane City Plan 2014, on Council's website for further detail.


Last updated:9 May 2019