Planning & Building
City of Gold Coast (the 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.
City building and planning highlights
A campaign to kickstart construction jobs has begun, with the City launching a major infrastructure charges reduction package that could create more than 4000 jobs for the city over the next four years.
The package, designed to support small to medium-sized businesses and create short-term construction jobs, commenced on 1 October 2012. The initiative includes a short-term stimulus package as well as permanent changes to the Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (AICR).
For more information, visit Construction Kickstart.
Adopted Infrastructure Charges
On 20 June 2011, the City resolved to adopt an Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (AICR) which details how and when adopted infrastructure charges will be applied to development within the Gold Coast. The AICR provides details on the level of charges for each development type and the credits which may be applicable for existing lawful uses.
For more information, visit Infrastructure Charges.
Contributed Assets' latest Bonds and As Constructed Forms and Agreements can be found under Building Forms and Applications. If you have any comments or improvements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
The City's network of green trails along the Gold Coast's beaches and waterways continues to grow, with work soon to start on eight foreshoreways and planning underway for a further 11.
Access to the foreshore through green feature areas is a key tool in planning the growth of the city to protect the environmental integrity of waterways and coastlines.
Centre Improvement Program
The Centre Improvement Program (CIP) is essential to manage the ongoing expansion of the Gold Coast by providing clear direction for the future growth of many centres.
Rainwater tanks are now optional
The Queensland Government announced it would repeal its mandatory requirements for rainwater tanks as of February 2013, giving local governments the choice of opting in if there is a net benefit.
On 12 February 2013, the City resolved to make rainwater tanks optional (Council Minute CP13.0206.3002), effectively retracting all City development conditions for the installation of rainwater tanks with all new (Class 1) attached and detached houses developments and new commercial and industrial buildings.
Any existing approvals with conditions requiring rainwater tanks as part of water saving device measures or Queensland Development Code requirements will no longer be applicable or required. The only exception to this will be for requirements specific to water quality solutions on particular sites, which may require a rainwater tank as part of the solution. These are fairly rare and any conditions relating to water quality are quite different from the former standard rain water tank conditions the City imposed in the past.
However, people are still encouraged to install a tank in the interests of saving water. This resolution does not restrict any applicant/developer from installing a rain water tank and/or any water saving measures subject to the appropriate plumbing and drainage approval/s. City fees associated with rainwater tank applications will still apply for anyone wishing to install a tank to new attached or detached houses, commercial and industrial buildings, or to existing properties.