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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.

Do I need development approval?

To determine whether your project requires development approval use the City of Gold Coast’s (City) online tools as listed below.

Interactive mapping

You can access the City’s interactive mapping page to determine the below information:

  • Zoning - The zoning of your property will help to determine the type of development that may occur on your site.
  • Overlays - Overlays display the unique characteristics for each property such as protected areas, flood risks, valuable resources, etc. Different property characteristics may affect the level of assessment needed for planning and development application.

How to locate your property

  1. Type your property into the search bar and hit enter.
  2. The property will appear on the map with a highlighted border.
  3. Select the tabs on the left hand side of the map to access contents.

How to generate a property report

  1. Locate the property by following the steps above.
  2. Select ‘View a City Plan property report’ on the pop up window.
  3. If you need a hard copy the report can be printed.

City Plan

Once you have obtained your property report from interactive mapping, you can find more about development requirements in the City Plan. The City Plan document will help you determine what parts of the planning scheme apply to your proposal and what information you need to provide in your development application.

Planning approval

The information found within the interactive mapping and the City Plan will help you to determine whether you will need to submit a development application to the City.

More information

If you have any further questions, contact the Planning Enquiries Centre on 07 5582 8708 or email mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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