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Aircraft operations (helicopter landing/take-off)

Aircraft operations (e.g. helicopter landings/take-offs) must comply with the City Plan and local laws, including Local Law No. 16 (Licensing (2008) and Subordinate Local Law 16.5 (Aircraft Operations from Premises Owned by a Person) 2008.

Apply for a new aircraft operations licence/permit

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Is a licence required?

A licence is required for aircraft operations of the following:

  • helicopter
  • aeroplane
  • glider
  • hang-glider
  • hot-air balloon
  • ultra-light
  • airship
  • dirigible (blimp).

Purposes for which a licence can be applied for:

  • one-off landing or take-off
  • event
  • display
  • lifting
  • passenger ferry.

How to apply

Complete and submit an aircraft operations licence/permit application form.

The following documentation must be submitted with an application for an aircraft operations licence/permit:

  • Public liability insurance certificate of currency for at least AU$10 million (Council of the City of Gold Coast must be noted as an interested party)
  • site plans detailing take-off and landing areas, flight path and proximity to noise-sensitive places
  • evidence of nil fee eligibility (see application form for details).

To avoid delays in your application, please ensure any supporting information is submitted with the completed application form.

Find a link to the Aircraft operations licence/permit application form below.

Taking over existing aircraft operations

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Researching the business

Prior to taking over an existing business you may wish to apply for a Health licence search to confirm the business’ aircraft operations licence/permit is current and to ensure the current owner is complying with licence conditions.

If the nature of the business is changing or you intend to alter the operations of the aircraft, you may need further approval. We will contact you if additional information is required to process your application.

Find a link to the Aircraft operations licence/permit application and Search Request forms below.

Making alterations to business or licence details

For minor changes to your licence, such as change of contact details please complete an Aircraft operations licence amendment application form.

For more complex changes, such as operational amendments, additional information will need to be submitted with a completed Aircraft operations licence/permit amendment application form.

Find a link to the Aircraft operations licence/permit amendment application form below.

Is a licence required?

A licence is required for aircraft operations of the following:

  • helicopter
  • aeroplane
  • glider
  • hang-glider
  • hot-air balloon
  • ultra-light
  • airship
  • dirigible (blimp).

Purposes for which a licence can be applied for:

  • one-off landing or take-off
  • event
  • display
  • lifting
  • passenger ferry.

Information for existing businesses

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Amendments to an Aircraft operations licence

For minor changes to your licence, such as change of contact details please complete an Aircraft operations licence amendment application form.

For more complex changes, such as operational amendments, additional information will need to be submitted with a completed Aircraft operations licence amendment application form.

Find a link to the Aircraft operations licence/permit amendment application form below.

Licence renewal

Aircraft operations licences are renewed annually and are valid until 31 August each year.

  • If there are no change of details to your existing licence, visit our Payments page to find out how to renew your licence online, by phone or by post.
  • If details on your existing licence require amendment, contact us on 07 5667 5987 or visit a customer service centre.

Lost or damaged licence – how to request a request a replacement

Find a link to the Aircraft operations licence/permit - replacement approval documentation application form below.

Fees apply for the above request and are detailed on the application form. Payment can be made by:

  • cash, cheque or credit card at any of our customer service centres
  • cheques or money orders made payable to City of Gold Coast can be mailed, along with the completed application form, to City of Gold Coast, PO Box 5042 GCMC QLD 9729.

How to comply

It is the responsibility of you and your staff to ensure compliance with all requirements of the relevant legislation. See section 8 of Part 2, and Part 3, of Subordinate Local Law 16.5 (Aircraft Operations from Premises Owned by a Person) 2008 for the conditions and enforcement requirements of an Aircraft operations licence/permit.

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