Rules for boundary setback | Brisbane City Council

Rules for boundary setback

The Queensland Development Code (QDC) - Design and Siting Standard defines where and how single dwellings are located on a property. The code also includes other associated structures. There are different setback requirements for lots under 450m² and lots 450m² and over.

Lots 450m² and over

Defined nominated setbacks for lots 450m² and over are in:

You do not require a siting variation if:

  • your proposal meets the acceptable solutions of the QDC. 

You require a siting variation for assessment against the relevant performance criteria if:

  • your proposal does not meet the acceptable solutions of the code.

Lots under 450m²

Nominated setbacks for lots under 450m² are set out in:

Brisbane City Plan 2014 provides alternate siting provisions in the dwelling house (small lot) code for lots under 450m². You require a planning application and approval (not a siting variation) if:

  • your proposal is on a lot under 450m²; and
  • does not comply with the acceptable solutions of the Dwelling house (small lot) code.

You do not need to apply for a siting variation if:

  • your proposal complies with the acceptable solutions of the Dwelling house (small lot) code; and
  • any alternate siting provision of that code.

If your proposal complies with the acceptable solutions of the Dwelling house (small lot) code, however, excluded from any alternate siting provision of that code:

  • you need to apply for a siting variation if your proposal does not comply with the acceptable solutions of QDC MP1.1. 

Building approval

Proposals that require a siting variation are assessable building work that require a building approval. To determine if your proposal is assessable building work requiring a building approval, Council recommends you contact a building certifier.

13 November 2018