How to search protected vegetation in Brisbane

Biodiversity and protected vegetation in Brisbane

Similar to flooding, any of the following overlays found in the Brisbane City Council interactive mapping should also raise a concern:

  • Biodiversity Areas overlay
  • Significant Landscape Tree overlay
  • Waterway Corridor overlay
  • Wetlands overlay

Depending on the specific location of these overlays and the vegetation on-site, it may mean the site has no development potential at all (e.g. if it is completely covered in the biodiversity overlay and dense vegetation) or that the overlays aren’t going to mean anything (e.g. the biodiversity overlay only just touches the back corner of the site).

We recommend taking a look at the interactive mapping at the biodiversity overlay, and also the aerial imagery to see how many trees might be on-site.

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Aside from the BCC interactive mapping, there is also more regionally significant vegetation that could affect the property and we’d recommend opening the SARA DAMS mapping system and reviewing the ‘Native Vegetation Clearing’ and ‘Koala Habitat in SEQ Region’ overlays. If you’re unsure of how to use the DAMS mapping, you might need to go back to an earlier lesson.

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In addition to the overlays listed in the planning scheme and DAMS mapping, there is also ‘Natural Assets Local Law’ (NALL) in BCC which is a local law that may also protect vegetation that might not be identified as a layer in the above mapping. You can do a Protected Vegetation Enquiry via the BCC website here: We always recommend doing a search to see if there is other vegetation that might be protected.

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