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Permits & Licensing

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Some online services (including online forms for lodgement of applications) and payment options will be unavailable during the times listed below:

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Information on City of Gold Coast permits and licensing requirements can be found from this page. To find a topic, scroll through the full list below (this is sorted alphabetically by category) or search using specific keywords or categories in the search fields below. Click 'Go' to activate the search.

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Accommodation

Hostel accommodation

It is a requirement of the City of Gold Coast (City) to monitor the standard of operations in all accommodation premises to ensure health and safety of its occupants. The City determines the standard of operation by regulating specific accommodation types

Camping areas and caravan parks

City of Gold Coast regulates caravan parks and camping areas across the city to provide appropriate facilities and ensure they are kept in clean and hygienic condition.

Swimming pools

City of Gold Coast regulates swimming pools to ensure they are operated and maintained to an appropriate level that reduces risks to public health and safety.

Advertising

Advertising devices

The display of an advertising device within the city may require a permit or licence and must have the necessary approval before it's displayed. Find out if a licence or permit is required and how to apply if applicable.

Animals

Keeping and control of animals (e.g. horse stables)

This Approval is issued under Gold Coast City Council Local Law No. 12 (Keeping and Control of Animals) and Gold Coast City Council Local Law Policy No. 12 (Keeping and Control of Animals).

Business

Home Based Activities

The level of impact of your Home Based Activity (HBA) on the surrounding neighbourhood will determine how your Home Based Activity is assessed.

Nil fees on permits and licensing

As a business-friendly organisation, Gold Coast City Council has reduced all health licensing fees to nil for eligible properties whilst still maintaining the same level of service to business.

Removable Umbrella Structures (such as semi-permanent umbrellas)

The Gold Coast’s climate lends itself to use of outdoor areas. In recent years this has led to placing such items as large umbrellas on footpaths on a semi-permanent basis.

Film production

City of Gold Coast's primary purpose of regulating film production is to enable these activities to be undertaken in a safe manner with little disruption to local businesses and residents.

Charity

Charitable, non-profit community, educational or religious organisations

Under Local Law No. 5 (Distribution of Business Publications and Touting) an approval is required to conduct charitable, educational or religious activities in a public place.

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