Yards, pools, fences and landscaping | Brisbane City Council

Yards, pools, fences and landscaping

Find information about installing a pool or spa, building a fence or retaining wall, undertaking landscaping and installing lighting and rainwater tanks in outdoor spaces in residential areas in Brisbane. This section includes preferred locations for your project, plus any constraints, exemptions or other approvals you will need.

Swimming pools and spas

Things to consider when building or erecting a swimming pool, outdoor spa or wading pool on your property.


Find out the regulations about fencing a property, as well as information about resolving neighbourhood disputes.

Installing rainwater tanks

Find out if you need planning or building approval to install a rainwater tank on your property.

Landscaping your property

General landscaping in residential areas does not need planning approval or a building application. Find out more.

Outdoor lighting

This page includes information about outdoor lighting and when planning approval is required, including information about tennis court lighting.

Build a retaining wall

If you are proposing to construct a retaining wall on your property, check whether planning or building approval is required before you commence works.


19 February 2019