Overlays | Brisbane City Council


An overlay shows unique characteristics of a property such as Queensland Government interests or particular local circumstances relevant to development, like features to protect, valuable resources and planning matters to consider, such as flooding. All overlays are mapped and form part of Brisbane City Plan 2014.

The purpose of overlays is to identify areas that:

  • are sensitive to the effects of development
  • constrain land or development
  • are subject to valuable resources
  • present opportunities for development.

Overlays have related overlay codes. These overlay codes are located in Part 8 of Brisbane City Plan 2014. Overlay codes only apply to the area of a site that is identified within the mapped overlay area.

Finding out if your property is in an overlay

Overlay maps are available in Brisbane City Council's interactive mapping tool to help you identify whether or not your property is in an overlay.

An overlay may apply to all or part of your property and your property may also be affected by more than one overlay. Overlays may affect the type and level of development assessment as well as design requirements such as building height, landscaping or vehicle access. Most overlays have a code that lists the criteria to be addressed in your development application. You can view the overlay codes in Part 8 of Brisbane City Plan 2014.

It is important to check your property on the interactive map and include relevant information relating to overlays in your development application before submitting it to Council.

Please read the interactive mapping help and terms and conditions before using the interactive mapping tool.

Overlays and development

Overlays can affect the level of assessment for development, as well as the development requirements for a property.

Where an overlay is inconsistent with a development code, zone code or neighbourhood plan code in City Plan, the requirements of the overlay take priority. City Plan has more information about the hierarchy of assessment benchmarks in Part 1.5.

03 July 2017