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Coastal development works

Tidal works

Prescribed tidal works

(Coastal Protection and Management Regulation 2003)

The work listed below is not prescribed tidal work for this Regulation of the Planning Act.

Tidal work for a new or existing structure used for the operation of:

  • a port authority
  • a public marine facility constructed by or for Queensland Transport or a port authority

Tidal work for any of the following:

  • creating or changing the configuration or characteristics of a navigation channel
  • an inlet or outlet for development for aquaculture if the development is carried out on land and is made accepted development under the City Plan or is development requiring assessment under the Planning Act 2016.

Tidal work that is the subject of:

  • a deemed approval
  • a development application or approval given under the repealed Integrated Planning Act 1997 or Sustainable Planning Act 2009 on or before the day this section commenced

Maintenance works on lawful works

Application – within the resorts

Where the land is private land inundated with Tidal-water and is within an integrated resort, the application and assessment process is as follows:

Within and bounding Sanctuary Cove Resort (SCR)

Within the resort, an application is not required under the Sanctuary Cove Resort Act 1985 (SCRA) however where an application is lodged with Council of the City of Gold Coast it will be processed as prescribed tidal works.

Pursuant to section 104 of SCRA written approval from the chief executive of Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs is required prior to a prior owner within the resort erecting a structure such as a pontoon that extends over the Coomera River. Approval for Prescribed Tidal Works (PTW) is also required from Council under the Planning Act 2016. The process is as follows:

  • An application is lodged for PTW with Council – fees are as for minor works
  • Council refers the application to the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
  • Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs assesses and decides the application under section 104 of the SCRA
  • Council concurrently assesses the application under the Planning Act 2016
  • Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs issues a decision notice to Council
  • Council issues a decision notice for the PTW application to the applicant, which is accompanied by the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs decision notice.

Within and bounding Hope Island Resort (HIR)

Within HIR, an application is not required under the Integrated Resort Development Act 1987 (IRDA) however where an application is lodged with Council it will be processed as a normal prescribed tidal works application.

Approval for prescribed tidal works PTW is required from Council under the Planning Act 2016 prior to the owner of land within HIR erecting a structure such as a pontoon that extends over the Coomera River.

Within and bounding Hope Island flood mitigation channel

An application for prescribed tidal works within the channel will need to have the owner's consent from City’s property section for erecting a structure such as a pontoon that extends over Council owned inundated land.

Single pontoons are only permitted for lots in Palladium Boulevarde and those lots that existed prior to the channel being built. In all other cases a material change of use application for a Marina will be required combined with a reconfiguring a lot application to cover a lease in excess of 10 years and a PTW application for the Marina construction.

Bounding Oyster Cove Resort and Monterey Keys Estate

Approval for prescribed tidal works PTW is required from Council under the Planning Act 2016 prior to the owner of the land within Oyster Cover Resort and Monterey Keys Estate erecting a structure such as a pontoon that extends over Saltwater Creek.

More information

Refer to the forms and applications section below for links to the forms and to apply online.

For application fees see our Register of fees and charges.

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