Installing a satellite dish | Brisbane City Council

Installing a satellite dish

""If you are installing a satellite dish, you will first need to find out the key facts about the property (zoning, overlays, lot size and if the property is included in a neighbourhood plan) and then use the following information to find out if your satellite dish needs planning approval.


Brisbane City Plan 2014 defines a signal receiving satellite dish as a telecommunications facility.

No development application required

Erecting no more than one signal receiving satellite dish on a premises is accepted development, where the satellite dish has no dimension greater than:

  • 1.2 metres in a residential zone (Low density residential zone, Low-medium density residential zone, Medium density residential zone, High density residential zone, Character residential zone, Tourist accommodation) or Township zone
  • 1.8 metres in any other zone.

This means that no planning approval is required from Brisbane City Council.

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Act 1997 also exempts certain telecommunications facilities from requiring planning approval. These facilities are described in the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997 and the Telecommunications Code of Practice 1997.

Code assessable development application

If the proposal is not accepted development, a code assessable planning application for a telecommunications facility will be required. An application will also be required where:

  • there is an existing dish at the property and additional satellite dishes are proposed
  • more than one satellite dish is proposed.

The application will be assessed against the Telecommunications facility code and any other applicable codes of the zone for your property.

Building approval

According to the Building Regulation 2006, you do not need building approval if your satellite dish has a maximum diameter of 900 mm and if the device is no more than:

  • for a device attached to a building or structure - 3.5 m above the building or structure
  • for a device detached from any building or structure - 10 m above the device's natural ground surface.

You are responsible for ensuring the work complies with applicable standards, such as structural sufficiency, size limits, fire separation, and boundary setbacks, which are outlined in the following laws (building assessment provisions):

If you are unsure whether your project will comply with the building assessment provisions, it is recommended that you obtain advice from a licensed private building certifier or contractor.

If your project does not fulfil all of the above requirements, you will need to have it assessed and approved by a licensed private building certifier. Certifiers are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'building surveyors'. You must give the certifier scaled and detailed plans prepared by a draftsperson or architect.

03 July 2017