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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.

Planning and building

We are working hard to build a vibrant city, maintain our enviable Gold Coast lifestyle and ensure our city will be thriving, sustainable and attractive into the future.

Please note:

On 3 July 2017 the State Government will be implementing a new planning framework which includes replacing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 with the Planning Act 2016.

The City is amending the City Plan to align with the new Act creating Version 4, which will also commence on 3 July 2017.

For customers lodging development assessment applications, there will be some minor change to terminology, shorter assessment timeframes, and changes to decision rules for code assessable applications. There will be an emphasis on pre lodgement meetings and improving the quality and completeness of applications at the time of lodgement. 

eLodgement forms have been amended to reflect the new framework which will be available from 3 July 2017. Other forms, checklists, templates and fact sheets will be available on the City’s website from 1 July 2017.

For further information visit or contact the Planning Enquiries Centre on 07 5582 8708.

City Plan

The City Plan sets out a fresh and innovative approach to managing and supporting long term growth and is a crucial tool in shaping the Gold Coast into a mature, world-class city.

The City Plan's interactive mapping solution provides supportive information, including property summaries and reports.  


Development applications

The City provides information on the development application process, types of applications and how to lodge a development application. You can also have your say on development applications, find information on appealing a decision, check the status of a development application and access basic property information using PD Online.


Development guidelines and tools

City provides a number of resources to assist businesses and residents with research and planning for development.


Building and plumbing

Ready to build on the Gold Coast?

Explore our information and resources on the things that you may need to consider before and during building.


Planning and building enquiries

Find details about the various ways you can contact us, report a problem or use some of our handy planning and building information tools.


Buying, selling and searches

Find out about the types of property searches available.


City place making

City's new corporate plan 'Gold Coast 2020' plans for a future, 'inspired by lifestyle, driven by opportunity' that prosperity for the city.


Urban design

The Gold Coast is a sophisticated young city boasting some of the world's most innovative and well designed buildings, streetscaping and urban parklands, along with a unique and diverse cultural heritage. Council of the City of Gold Coast is directing the city's development and providing quality community infrastructure to enhance our environment and lifestyle.


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