Brisbane's Heritage Register was compiled from earlier registers or lists of heritage properties from 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 bases its decisions on the recommendation of Council architects and historians, in consultation with the Heritage Advisory Committee.
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.
If a place 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 photographs or historical material (if possible) to:
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001
An owner or a 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.
To check if a property is listed on the Brisbane Heritage Register, you can:
- visit Council's 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.
All levels of government in Australia maintain registers of heritage places. The Australian Heritage Directory includes the Australian Heritage Places Inventory. This 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
- Register of the National Estate.
Various non-government organisations also maintain lists of heritage places, including the National Trust in each state.
The only registers that have legal provisions for protecting heritage-listed properties in Brisbane are:
- Brisbane's Heritage Register
- Local Heritage Register
- Queensland Heritage Register.
You can download the Local Heritage Register (PDF - 725kb).
If you would like more information on Brisbane's Heritage Register, you can:
- phone Council on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak with the City Architecture and Heritage team
- read Council's fact sheet heritage and character buildings.