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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.

Planning and building

City of Gold Coast (City) is 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.

Discover how we’re planning for the future of the city, and find the planning and building information you need.

Planning Scheme

Current Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003

The Gold Coast Planning Scheme is the current planning tool for the Gold Coast. It is a living document that guides the growth and development of 'Our Living City', the Gold Coast. The Scheme sets out the preferred land use of every Gold Coast property and identifies what natural areas should be protected, where shops, industrial estates and public spaces should be located, and sets standards and criteria for buildings.

Planning & Building - City of Gold Coast

City Plan 2015 – planning the future Gold Coast

We are in the process of creating a new City Plan 2015 to prepare the draft City Plan 2015, which will guide the future development of the Gold Coast. The initiative will help the City to maximise benefits of major projects, revitalise key centres, and introduce transit corridors to manage city growth sustainably.

Southport – the city’s CBD is open for business

Southport - the city’s CBD is open for business

City of Gold Coast has big plans to revitalise Southport as the city’s CBD. Red tape has been slashed for developers, and significant developments are already underway, including light rail, Chinatown and projects for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Major development projects

Centre Improvement Program

Explore the City’s urban renewal program. It aims to facilitate the physical, economic and social revitalisation of Gold Coast centres.

Planning & Building Considerations

Planning and development considerations

Planning a development or building project on the Gold Coast?

Whether you need have a planning enquiry, want to carry out a property search or need information on our local heritage register or submitting a development approval, browse our resources.

Building Considerations

Building considerations

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.

Lodge a Development Application

Lodge a development application

The majority of development applications can now be lodged online through our eLodgement solution.

Need Help?

Need help?

Need help with a planning matter?

We’ll point you in the right direction with more information documents and forms to help you undertake your project.

Sustainable Planning Act 2009

The Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) commenced on 18 December 2009. The Act was a result of extensive consultation and implements a number of the planning reforms undertaken by the Queensland State Government. The SPA replaced the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA).


  • Construction kickstart - designed to support small to medium-sized businesses and create short-term construction jobs.
  • Adopted infrastructure - details how and when adopted infrastructure charges will be applied to development within the Gold Coast.
  • Contributed assets - Contributed Assets' latest Bonds and As Constructed Forms and Agreements.

Key information