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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.

Development application process

The development application assessment process begins after an application has been submitted, accepted as properly made and the application fee paid.

Applications will be assessed under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Not all stages or all parts of a stage apply to all applications.

Application stage

Properly made application

When preparing your application you must meet the requirements of Section 260 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA) for your application to be considered properly made. If the application does not meet these criteria, assessment may not be able to start.

Applications must be:

  • lodged with the relevant approved current version of the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms
  • accompanied by the relevant fee
  • lodged with owner’s consent (where applicable)
  • be accompanied by any mandatory supporting information stated in the approved Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) forms.

Please follow the below links for information on:

Acknowledgement notice

The assessment manager will issue an acknowledgement notice within 10 business days of lodgement for impact assessable applications. For code assessable applications, the assessment manager will only issue an acknowledgement notice if external referral agencies are applicable.

Information and referral stage

The assessment manager may request the applicant to provide further information via an information request. The applicant has six months from the date of the information request to send the information to the assessment manager.

In this stage, the applicant may be required to seek further external agency advice, approvals or permits.

Notification stage

Under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, certain applications are required to be advertised or publicly notified. To make a submission on a development application, visit the have your say on a development application page.

Adjoining land owner request form

The adjoining land owners request service is provided under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 to an applicant of a development application requesting the details of owners of adjoining properties for the purpose of public notification.

Find the link to the Adjoining Land Owner Request form below.

Decision stage

The application information is assessed by the assessment manager and a decision is made to approve or refuse the application. The assessment manager issues a decision notice and advises any applicable IDAS referral agencies of the decision.


After the City of Gold Coast has made a decision on an application, an applicant or member of the community may appeal against the decision. These appeals are initially dealt with in the Planning and Environment Court.

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