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Planning & building

The Gold Coast is a vibrant and attractive city. We are working hard to maintain our enviable lifestyle and ensure our city continues to thrive in a sustainable way.

Amenity & aesthetics

Council of the City of Gold Coast (Council) has recently revised its Amenity and Aesthetics Policy which aims to better address those issues associated with the placement of relocatable dwellings, non-habitable buildings such as sheds, shipping containers and other Class 10 buildings and structures on residential land.

Council's authority to influence the bulk and appearance of such buildings and structures through the Referral Agency process aims to better manage those matters that require an amenity and aesthetics assessment and its requirements.

The policy, amongst other matters, provides for an assessment where larger sheds are proposed and will take into account the site location in order to minimise adverse impacts upon amenity and native vegetation.

The visible aspects of the building are also important including the bulk, shape and colours to be used, together with intended security lighting and solar collector installation.

Further provisions of the policy reinforce the need for a Class 10 building, such as a shed, to be constructed in association with a residential dwelling other than as may be exempt development under the Building Regulation 2006 and Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

More information

Should you require further information regarding this policy, please contact the City of Gold Coast (the City) Town Planning Advice Centre at Nerang on 07 5582 8708.

Policy

(Reference: CP13.0828.002 - Council meeting of 3 September 2013)

That Council resolves as follows:

  1. That the report be received.
  2. That Council resolution G13.0326.023 - 26 March 2013 with regard to Amenity and Aesthetics be repealed;
  3. That in accordance with Schedule 7 Table 1 Item 17 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 in relation to localities in Domains and Local Area Plans within the City of Gold Coast where detached dwellings are defined as Self Assessable development under the Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003, Council declares the following buildings or structures where not attached to the Class 1 building may:
    1. have an extremely adverse effect on the amenity, or likely amenity, of the locality; or
    2. be in extreme conflict with the character of the locality:-
      1. a Class 10 building or structure in the table below:

        Site Area Class 10 building/s having a combined floor area of more than:
        Under 800m2 36m2
        801m2 to 2000m2 54m2
        2001m2 to 4000m2 72m2
        4001m2 to 8000m2 108m2
        8001m2 to 40,000m2 (4ha) 150m2
        Over 40,000m2 (4ha) Exempt – no application required
      2. a Class 10 building or structure having a height of more than 4.5 metres or a mean height of more than 3.5 metres above the natural ground level,
      3. shipping containers, railway carriages, truck and van bodies and the like with a site area of more than 1500m2. Such buildings and structures shall be prohibited on a site of less than 1500m2 in area unless otherwise approved by a Private Building Certifier in accordance with Part 4 Section 67 of the Building Act 1975 on a temporary basis for a period determined by the Private Building Certifier; or as determined by the City's CEO or his delegate;
      4. relocatable homes;
  4. That in relation to those thresholds indicated in 3a above, that a deviation of less than one square metre is considered acceptable and complies with the intent of this resolution.
  5. That in relation to relocatable homes, referral to:
    1. the relevant Divisional Councillor be required in respect of suitability to the locality; and
    2. City of Gold Coast's Ecological Section where relevant such that native vegetation is protected and any alternative on-site location is canvassed to maximise the protection of such vegetation;
  6. That Council, as part of its process for determining the suitability of proposed Class 10 building/s or structures where not attached to the Class 1 building in respect of its amenity and aesthetic assessment require that such development be in association with an approved residential use (dwelling) that otherwise remains the primary use for the subject land. No amenity and aesthetics assessment for a Class 10 building or structure where not attached to the Class 1 building (unless in compliance with Section 4 of Schedule 2 of the Building Regulation 2006), may otherwise be made unless either:
    1. a Development Permit for Building Work for the construction of a dwelling on the land has been issued by a Private Building Certifier, or
    2. a Statutory Declaration is received from the owner/s of the subject land confirming that a Class 1 dwelling shall be built on the land within a 12 month period. Such advice to then also be placed as notification on the relevant property record.
  7. That Council, as part of its process for determining the suitability of proposed Class 10 building/s or structures where not attached to the Class 1 building in respect of its amenity and aesthetic assessment, provide where necessary, reasonable and relevant conditions of that response having regard to:
    1. site location. This may include but not be limited to the placement of the building upon the site mindful of alternative locations in order to minimise any adverse effect upon amenity and native vegetation.
    2. form. This may include but not be limited to the visible aspects of the building, its bulk, shape or arrangement. Colours and non-reflective materials are to be commensurate with those used in the main dwelling. Building bulk or height and lighting devices to be screened by landscaping to mitigate the effect upon the amenity of the neighbourhood.
    3. the preservation of native trees and vegetation including the ability to require the applicant to locate to an alternative location within the site to ensure the protection of vegetation.
  8. That in accordance with Schedule 7, Table 1, Item 17 of the Sustainable Planning Regulation 2009 in relation to localities in Domains and Local Area Plans within the City of Gold Coast where detached dwellings are defined as 'Self Assessable' development under the Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003, Council declares the following buildings and structures to which solar panels are attached/fixed or located, indicated in (a) and (b) below, whether or not attached to the Class 1 building, may:
    1. have an extremely adverse effect on the amenity, or likely amenity, of the locality; or
    2. be in extreme conflict with the character of the locality:-
      1. On Class 1 buildings, roof mounted solar panels that are:
        • not parallel to the roof surface; or
        • more than 300mm above the roof surface; or
        • closer than twice the distance between the underside of the panel and the roof from any roof edge.
      2. Solar collector buildings (Class 10) or structures.
  9. That the fee for a Referral Agency Assessment Application with respect to amenity and aesthetics assessment for buildings (Class 1 and Class 10) or structures to which solar panels/collectors are attached/fixed or located is nil, for a trial period of six months. For all other amenity and aesthetic applications made to the City's Referral Agency, the fee is to be in accordance with the City's Register of Fees and Charges.
  10. That a report be brought back to Council with the results of the six month trial.
  11. That this declaration be effective immediately.