Industry Update – Commercial Character Buildings

Under the provisions of the Brisbane City Plan 2014, certain buildings that are constructed in 1946 or earlier – including corner shops, offices and others utilised for commercial purposes – are subject to the Commercial Character Building Overlay where they contribute to the distinctive architectural character of the City and should be preserved. Accordingly, they [...]

2018-11-01T22:26:34+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Industry Update|

Brisbane City Council New Neighbourhood Plans Expected for 2018

In February 2018 we provided an industry update for new Neighbourhood Plans being prepared by Brisbane City Council that were at various stages of development. A number of these plans have progressed through the final Queensland Government interest review and have been granted approval for adoption as amendments to the Brisbane City Plan 2014. Each [...]

2018-09-02T23:05:36+00:00 September 2nd, 2018|Industry Update|

Residential Care and Retirement Facilities in Brisbane

  Brisbane City Council (BCC) is proposing amendments to the Brisbane City Plan 2014 to make it easier to build, extend or upgrade Residential Care Facilities and Retirement Facilities, to meet the needs of Brisbane’s aging residents. It is worthwhile understanding these amendments as some land owners might reconsider their development options (e.g. Multiple dwellings [...]

2018-07-17T04:12:54+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Industry Update|

Plan For Brisbane

  Brisbane City Council has recently published the outcomes of its ‘Plan for Brisbane’ initiative where more than 100,000 residents has their say on Brisbane’s future. Described as Brisbane’s future blueprint, 8 principles have been developed, supported by 40 identified actions, many of which have practical implications for land owners and the development industry, including [...]

2018-07-09T00:11:04+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Industry Update|

Brisbane City Council Citywide Amendments – Biodiversity

  In June 2016, Brisbane City Council (BCC) proposed it would be amending the Biodiversity provision of the City Plan 2014 intended to reflect changed biodiversity mapping and updated legislation, as well as previous community and industry feedback requiring amendments to overlay mapping. The proposed amendments refine mapping of the biodiversity areas overlay, align mapping [...]

2018-05-11T01:48:54+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Industry Update|

Changes to Brisbane City Council Dwelling House Code

  Brisbane City Council (BCC) has recently made changes to their Dwelling House Code and Dwelling House (Small Lot) Code regarding building height. These changes became effective on 1 December 2017 and are intended to clarify the circumstances in which BCC may approve houses over 9.5 metres or 2 Storeys in height. Since Brisbane City [...]

2018-03-02T04:24:26+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Industry Update|

Brisbane City Council – City Plan Updates

Dwelling House (Small Lot) Code Interpretation Guidelines Brisbane City Council have recently published interpretation material for the Dwelling house (small lot) code. It seeks to deliver guidance on how development can provide car accommodation that does not visually dominate the appearance of a dwelling house when viewed from the street. The guidance material focuses on the [...]

2017-11-22T06:27:55+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Industry Update|

Determining ground level and building height

We are often asked by builders and development proponents how to determine building height and what constitutes a storey. These questions are important as strict height limits can apply.  For example, in Brisbane the Low density residential zone specifies a maximum height of 9.5m and two storeys in most instances.  Clearly understanding building height early [...]

2017-11-15T10:14:01+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Industry Update|