FloodWise Property Reports | Brisbane City Council

FloodWise Property Reports

FloodWise Property Reports show the risk and type of flooding at a specific property. This enables you to plan and build new habitable floor levels in accordance with Brisbane City Council's requirements. Council bases the information in the report on flood studies using the latest flood computer modelling.

Council updated the FloodWise Property Reports on 5 May 2017. They show the new one per cent Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) level from the Brisbane River Flood Study. This level has not been adopted for application in planning schemes and is for information only. 

Predicted flood levels for other percentage AEPs for the Brisbane River in FloodWise Property Reports will be updated with new information from the flood study as part of the relevant changes to City Plan 2014 as soon as is practicable.

Before downloading the report, read the Conditions of use - FloodWise Property Reports.

Information in FloodWise Property Reports

FloodWise Property Reports include information to ensure future building and development contributes to a safe, flood-resilient city. FloodWise Property Reports include:

  • Flood Planning Areas (FPAs) for river, creek/waterway and overland flow
  • coastal hazard flood overlays
  • January 2011 Brisbane River flood levels
  • estimated flood levels
  • source of flooding including river, creek, defined overland flow or storm tide
  • minimum and maximum ground levels
  • minimum habitable floor level for building and development
  • property location is within a waterway corridor or is a large allotment, i.e. over 1000 m².

Note: flood levels higher than those shown in FloodWise Property Reports can occur in any year. Such flood levels are less likely than those shown on the report. Residents and businesses can check their flood risk from rarer flood events by checking the Flood Awareness Map.

Flood information provided in these reports is sourced from flood studies and models endorsed by Council.

Maps on the FloodCheck website were used to estimate the January 2011 Brisbane River Flood level. Use the 'Historic Floods' tab. 

Brisbane's FloodSmart Future Strategy 2012-2031

In 2012 Council released Brisbane's FloodSmart Future Strategy 2012-2031. This strategy takes an integrated approach to managing flood risk through a co-ordinated mix of:

  • flood mitigation infrastructure
  • flood awareness and information
  • flood emergency management
  • land use planning and development control.

Urban planning is one of the most effective ways to address flooding. However, the new planning rules in Brisbane City Plan 2014 will only apply to new development.

More information

Phone Council on 07 3403 8888 for a FloodWise Property Report. We will send the report by:

  • mail
  • fax; or
  • email.

Review the frequently asked questions about FloodWise Property Reports.

If you have any further questions regarding FloodWise Property Reports, contact Council.

Related information

13 November 2018