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Planning and 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.

Building and plumbing

We are constantly working to ensure that we have a cohesive development policy and guidelines which not only preserve the natural beauty of the Gold Coast, but also allow for strong development and progress which will benefit current and future residents of the Gold Coast.

This section of the website provides information on the various aspects that need to be considered before and during building.

Building works

A building development approval, is required prior to commencing construction on assessable building works. This page also contains information on building works that do not require an approval.


Retaining walls

Minimum standards for developments, categorisation of retaining walls and details regarding building approvals.


Swimming pool fencing

State government pool fencing requirements for pool owners and the City's role in ensuring compliance with the pool safety standard.


Plumbing and drainage

Information regarding plumbing and drainage applications, compliance and the management of regulated devices, including how to book a plumbing inspection and request copies of house drainage plans and other reports related to City sewer and stormwater infrastructure.


Private building certifier

A building approval can be sought from a private building certifier. Find out more about their role and the building works that do not require approval.

If you are a private building certifier, you can also find all the information you need to archive building approvals and certification.


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