Operating a warehouse | Brisbane City Council

Operating a warehouse

""If you would like to set up a warehouse, you can use the following information to find out if your project needs planning approval.


Brisbane City Plan 2014 defines a warehouse as a premises used for the storage and distribution of goods, whether or not in a building, including self-storage facilities or storage yards. The use may include the sale of goods by wholesale where ancillary to storage. The use does not include retail sales from the premises or industrial uses.

Preferred locations

The City Plan encourages warehouses to set up in the Industry zones, specifically the:

Planning approval

Not all warehouses need Brisbane City Council approval.

A PD Online property enquiry can help you determine if the proposal requires Council approval. You can also phone 07 3403 8888 to speak to a town planner. 

If the nature of your business changes over time, for example you change the way you operate, you may need to reconfirm whether a development approval is required or not as a result of these changes.

Building approval

Building approval is separate from planning approval. Licensed private building certifiers or building consultants can provide advice regarding:

  • building work for an existing warehouse or a new warehouse
  • if any building approval is required.

Private building certifiers and building consultants can be found using the Queensland Building and Construction Commission's Find a Local Contractor search.

More information

If your proposed warehouse development requires a planning approval or your premises are located within a neighbourhood plan area or covered by an overlay, contact Council's Business Hotline 133 BNE (133 263) for advice specific to your situation.

If you wish to find out more, Council's fact sheets Making it easier to do business in Brisbane and Industry zones can provide additional information.

19 August 2015