Guide to the development requirements for setting up a market in Brisbane

This fact sheet provides potential market operators with information about development requirements for setting up a market in Brisbane. 


Do I need development approval?

If your market is to be held on a monthly or less regular basis, you do not need development approval from Council and can proceed straight to applying for the required permits. 

If your market is to be held more regularly, for example on a weekly basis, you may need development approval. 

Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) makes it easier for you to get started by making markets accepted development, therefore a development approval is not required in some locations around Brisbane. 

To find out whether development approval is required for your market, contact Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263) to discuss your proposal. 

Preferred locations for setting up a market

Markets do not require development approval, no matter how frequently they are proposed, in the following zones.

  • Sport and recreation zone - District (e.g. Davies Park sports fields, West End) and Metropolitan (e.g. Victoria Park Golf Complex).
  • Open space zone - District (e.g. Mott Park, Holland Park) and Metropolitan (e.g. New Farm Park).
  • Principal centre zone (e.g. Central Business District), Major centre zone (e.g. Westfield Chermside shopping centre) and District centre zone (e.g. Mt Gravatt Plaza shopping centre).
  • Community facility zones (e.g. schools). 

City Plan also contains overlays, which can mean a development approval may be required. In particular, the Heritage, Overland flow and Coastal hazard overlays may require a development application to be lodged. 

If your proposed market does not contain any permanent structures or earthworks on the site, these overlays do not apply and no development application is required. It is only when something permanent is proposed on the site, such as a new building, that these overlays would apply. 

What other approvals might I need?

You may need additional event permits or approvals to set up your market. For support in setting up your market, contact Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263) to discuss your market proposal and the necessary requirements. 

More information

Visit to find out more about setting up a market in Brisbane. Alternatively, please call Council's dedicated Business Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 133 BNE (133 263) or email

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. 

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