Tenure options

Find information on the tenure options Brisbane City Council offers for community facilities.

Over 80% of Council's facilities are leased to community organisations.


Council offers a standard term lease of four years which is registered in the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. In rare cases, you may be able to negotiate a longer term.

A lease is an exclusive right to use land and facilities for agreed purposes and term and enables the tenant to make improvements and/or develop infrastructure at the facility and to have sub-tenants and/or casual user groups.

Licence (or permit)

A standard licence (or permit) is a form of permission to enter and use the premises for an agreed purpose and term (normally one year). A licence (or permit) does not confer a right of exclusive possession on the holder and is not an interest in land. If you have a licence agreement with Council, you are not permitted to sub-license, or share occupancy of, the premises or any part of the premises with any other person.

Seasonal licence

Council has a number of sites across the city suitable for seasonal use only. These sites are generally not suitable for development and usually have limited infrastructure on them.

A seasonal licence is not an interest in the land and does not normally contain a right of renewal. It provides an organisation the use of a site on specified dates and times during a sports season.

Sub use and hire agreements

Learn if your organisation is permitted to sublet, or share occupancy of, your premises with any other person and how to obtain written Council approval to enter into a sub-tenancy or other regular usage arrangement.

More information

For further information on tenure options for community facilities phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

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