Filling and excavation
If you need to fill or excavate your property, find out the key facts about the property, then use Brisbane City Council's information to learn if your project needs approval.
Brisbane City Plan 2014 defines filling and excavation as the removal or importation of material to, from or within a lot that will change the ground level of the land.
Where you are proposing to increase the depth and height of the ground level by no more than one vertical metre, the work does not need assessment against the City Plan.
For example, if your property is located in a Flood overlay, top dressing to a depth of less than 100 millimetres can be undertaken in particular circumstances without an application.
To find out if your property is in a location that is subject to an overlay or neighbourhood plan, you can search the key facts about a property. For more information on how to work out if you need to submit an application you can visit how to work out your level of assessment.
If the work is in an area identified in one of the following overlays under the City Plan, a development application may be required. The overlays may include:
- Biodiversity areas overlay
- Flood overlay
- Landslide overlay
- Potential and actual acid sulfate soils overlay
- Regional infrastructure corridors and substations overlay
- Significant landscape tree overlay
- Waterway corridors overlay
- Wetlands overlay.
If you are proposing to fill or excavate a property, the work will require either a compliance permit or a development permit unless approval is not required, as indicated in the examples listed here.
A compliance permit is necessary for development requiring compliance assessment under the City Plan. A compliance permit allows you to lawfully carry out filling or excavation.
Filling and excavation is subject to compliance assessment where:
- resulting in a retaining wall greater than one metre or an increase in depth or height of the ground level or finished design level by one vertical metre or more
- complying with all compliance outcomes in the Filling and excavation code
- not for an artificial stormwater channel.
If the proposal does not meet the requirements identified here, then a code assessable application will need to be submitted to Council. Please note that where the site is located within a neighbourhood plan area, or is affected by an overlay as identified here, additional assessment criteria may apply.
You can find out more information about compliance assessment.
A code assessable development application must be submitted to Council where the work is not subject to compliance assessment, unless approval is unnecessary as described earlier.
Find out more information about how to apply for development approval.
You may need to engage a town planner or engineer for expert help with this application.
If you are proposing to extract gravel, rock, sand or soil from the place where it occurs naturally, you will need to submit an impact assessable development application to Council for Extractive industry.
If there are overlays located on your property or you are located in a neighbourhood plan area, contact Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263) for advice specific to your situation.