Planning and building | Brisbane City Council

Brisbane City Council is growing our city while maintaining the character of our suburbs, planning carefully for growth and focusing development around transport options.

Find information on planning, building, construction, development and buying and selling property in Brisbane. Use PD Online to search for development applications, make submissions on development proposals, or do a property enquiry. You can also use the PD Online tool to view the Brisbane City Plan 2014 and access interactive mapping.

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View the details of proposed citywide amendments - Major amendment package F (heritage places and city views) and Major amendment package E.


There are a number of ways to seek advice about planning and development in Brisbane. 


Council holds Talk to a Planner sessions to help people understand City Plan and how it relates to their property or business.

Council has prepared a draft neighbourhood plan for the Banyo-Northgate area, which includes parts of Nudgee, Nundah, Virginia and Hendra.

Find what you need

Key facts about a property

Get information about a property, including zoning, using Council's online tools, Brisbane City Plan 2014 and interactive mapping.

Residential projects

Find important information and what approvals are needed for common residential projects including new homes or extensions, fences and pools. 

Business projects

Find important information and what approvals are needed for common business projects including operating a home business or opening a shop or restaurant.

Subdividing land

Most subdivisions need planning approval. Find out what you need to do to subdivide your land. 

Heritage properties

Learn about researching and restoring heritage properties, including what approvals you might need.

Types of development and building approval

Some proposals don't require approval. Others need development, building or siting variation approval. An application cannot be lodged for prohibited development.

How to apply and what to do after approval

Information on applying for development applications, avoiding assessment delays and post development approval requirements.

Buying, selling and searches

Find information to help you when buying or selling property in Brisbane, including details about Council conveyancing searches.