Yards, pools, fences and landscaping | Brisbane City Council

Yards, pools, fences and landscaping

Outdoor living spaces have always been a part of living in Brisbane. Brisbane City Council provides general information on what you need to know if you are building anything in your yard. Includes installing a pool or spa, building fences or retaining walls, landscaping and lighting your outdoor spaces.

This information 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, including fencing disputes.

Installing rainwater tanks

Find out the key facts about your property before you install a rainwater tank and whether planning approval is required.

Landscaping your property

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

Outdoor lighting

Information about outdoor lighting and when planning approvals are required. Includes information about tennis court lighting.

Build a retaining wall

If you are proposing to construct a retaining wall on your property, you will need to make sure the retaining wall meets these regulations. You may need building approval.


12 December 2018