Pontoons and jetties approval - Brisbane City Council - Queensland


Pontoons and jetties are defined as 'tidal work' under the Coastal and Management Act 1995. Tidal work is regulated and assessed under the Planning Act 2016 as a type of Operational Work.

Prescribed tidal work is tidal work that is completely or partly within a local government tidal area and may extend onto land above the high water mark. If you want to build a pontoon or jetty in Brisbane's local government tidal area your development will be considered to be 'prescribed tidal works' and you will need to submit an application to Brisbane City Council and receive consent from the Queensland Government, as the owner of the tidal area.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Prior to submitting an application to Council

Prior to submitting a development application to Council you may need:

  • endorsement of your water allocation area plan by the Regional Harbour Master, Marine Safety Queensland, Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • owner's consent from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Additional information

Brisbane's local government tidal area:

  • extends seaward into Moreton Bay within 50 metres of the spring high water mark
  • includes the entire width of the Brisbane River up to the spring high water mark

Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

Contact details

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Brisbane City Council

Mailing address: GPO Box 1434
Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3403 8888
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