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Hot air ballooning operations

Hot air ballooning operations must comply with the City Plan and local laws, including Local Law No. 16 (Licensing) 2008, Local Law 9 (Parks and Reserves) 2008, and Local Law No. 16.5 (Aircraft Operations from a Premises Owned by a Person) 2008.

Applying for a new hot air balloon licence

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Is a licence required?

A licence is required for hot air ballooning operations, regardless of whether they launch or land on private property or City of Gold Coast parks. The launching and/or landing of hot air balloons is restricted to the following City parks (subject to change):

  • Firth Park, Mudgeeraba;
  • Frank Chaston Oval, Gilston;
  • Pizzey Park, Miami (avoiding southern boundaries of park adjacent to residential development);
  • Little Clagiraba Park, Clagiraba;
  • Ballybunion Park, Napper Road Parkwood;
  • Broadwater Parklands (southern end);
  • Albert Park, Broadbeach Waters;
  • Ned Twohill Equestrian Park, Southport;
  • Cos Zantiostis Park, Labrador;
  • Runaway Bay Sports Precinct;
  • Riverstone Crossing Sports Park, Upper Coomera;
  • Glennon Park, Nerang (only when prevailing winds results in a north or east direction of flight); and
  • Sir Bruce Small Park, Benowa.

How to apply

Complete and submit a hot air balloon licence application form. To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure the following supporting information is attached to your application.

  • Public liability insurance certificate of currency for at least AU$20 million.
  • Photos / images of balloons (including any branding)

You must also specify the purpose of your hot air ballooning operation when applying for a licence.

Find a link to the hot air balloon licence application form below.

Taking over an existing business

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Transfer of business or licence details

If you are taking over an existing hot air ballooning business, the current approval holder may apply to transfer the approval. The land owner must be aware of the application and have granted the consent. No fees apply.

Find a link to the hot air balloon licence transfer form below.

Information for existing businesses

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Amendments to a hot air balloon licence

For changes to your business or contact information, modifying your operation or requesting a change to conditions of approval, you will need to submit an amendment application.

Find a link to the hot air balloon licence amendment application below.

Licence renewal

Hot air balloon licences are renewed annually and are valid until 31 August each year. Fees apply.

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

You may apply for a replacement of your licence or associated documentation. Please note that fees apply for this request and are detailed on the application form.

Find a link to the hot air balloon licence replacement approval documentation application form below.

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