Heritage register

The Heritage overlay in Brisbane City Plan 2014 is a mapped representation of all Brisbane heritage sites listed on the Queensland Heritage Register and Brisbane's Heritage Register.

How the register is compiled

Brisbane's Heritage Register was been compiled from earlier registers or lists of heritage properties dating back to the 1987 Town Plan. Brisbane City Council continually identifies other places through its planning process, surveys and studies of building types.

Members of the public, including property owners, can also nominate properties for listing. After a process that includes public consultation, Council decides if a place should be heritage listed.

Council’s decisions are based on the recommendation of Council architects and historians in consultation with the Heritage Advisory Committee.

Criteria for entry in the Heritage Register

To be listed, a heritage place or precinct must meet one or more of the following cultural heritage values:

  • it is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the city’s or local area’s history
  • it demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of the city’s or local area’s cultural heritage
  • it has potential to yield information that will contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the city’s or local area’s history
  • it is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class or classes of cultural places
  • it is important because of its aesthetic significance
  • it is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technological achievement at a particular period
  • it has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
  • it has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the city’s or local area’s history.

Nominate a place for the register

If you find a place that meets one or more of the heritage criteria, you can nominate it for Brisbane's Heritage Register.

Send details of the property, including the address and, if possible, photographs or historical material to:

Have your say on the listing of a heritage place

An owner or member of the public can have a say on the listing of a property on Brisbane's Heritage Register.

As part of Council’s consultation process, properties identified for listing are advertised by public notice in the Courier-Mail and placed on public display. At the same time the City Architecture and Heritage team notifies owners in writing of its intention to recommend the property for listing on Brisbane's Heritage Register.

Council notification gives the owner and members of the public the opportunity to make a written submission in relation to the proposed heritage listing.

All submissions are assessed by Council officers and reviewed by the Heritage Advisory Committee before Council makes a decision of listing. Responses are provided to all submitters following a final decision by Council.

Listing on Brisbane's Heritage Register is not subject to appeal.

Where you can view the register

To see if your property or any other property is listed on Brisbane's Heritage Register, you can either visit the Brisbane City Council heritage register database or use the Brisbane City Plan 2014 interactive mapping tool to view the Heritage overlay.

Council's heritage register database is the best way to search for the location and details of heritage buildings and places of significance in Brisbane.

Other types of heritage registers

All levels of government in Australia maintain registers of heritage places. The Australian Heritage Directory includes the Australian Heritage Places Inventory, which can be used to search for places listed in state, territory and federal government heritage registers.

The directory also includes a separate Australian Heritage Database to search for places on the World Heritage List, National Heritage List, Commonwealth Heritage List and the Register of the National Estate. 

Various non-government organisations also maintain lists of heritage places, including the National Trust in each state.

Brisbane's Heritage Register, the Local Heritage Register and the Queensland Heritage Register are the only registers that have legal provisions for protecting heritage-listed properties in Brisbane. 

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More information

If you would like more information on Brisbane's Heritage Register, contact Council's City Architecture and Heritage team on 07 3403 8888 or read Council's fact sheet Heritage and character buildings.

09 March 2016