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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.

Fencing

Fencing is permitted to a maximum height of two (2) metres above natural ground level before a Referral Agency Assessment Application is required from the City of Gold Coast (City) as a Referral Agency.

Further restrictions also apply to corner allotments. Should a fence be proposed in conjunction with and over a retaining wall, the combined height of more than two (2) metres would also require a Referral Agency Assessment Application to the City.

Frontage fences that comply may:

  • include a 50 per cent open fence type construction
  • provide recesses for landscape plantings that are designed to a minimum 600 millimetre depth and 600 millimetre width over 50 per cent of the length of the frontage fence
  • provide a minimum offset of 600 millimetres from the road front boundary to allow for the inclusion of landscaping over a minimum 50 per cent of the length of the frontage fence, and
  • provide for plantings immediately behind any existing frontage fence over a minimum 50 per cent of the length of the frontage fence, capable of achieving a maximum growth height of 2.5 to four (4) metres at maturity.

Fencing within the waterfront setback area is limited to a maximum height of 1.2 metres and shall be of an open design to the satisfaction of the City.

  • How to lodge a Referral Agency Assessment application

    The City acts as a Referral Agency in relation to assessing whether proposed buildings and / or structure comply with boundary setbacks, site cover and amenity and aesthetics.

    All other statutory assessment functions must be carried out by the assessment manager (private building certifier), in accordance with the provisions of the Building Act.

    Online lodgement - the quick and easy option

    Submit online SmartForm

    Development applications can also be mailed (via post) or lodged in person at any of our customer service centres. City officers are available to provide assistance with any issues lodging online - call 07 5582 8708.

    Mail or lodge in person

    If you wish to post a development application, address it to:

    Mr Dale Dickson
    Chief Executive Officer
    City of Gold Coast
    PO Box 5042
    GCMC QLD 9729

    Development applications can also be lodged over the counter at any customer service office.

    For any questions regarding lodgement, please contact the Planning Enquiries Centre on 07 5582 8708.

    Information notes are provided and should be read in conjunction with:

  • Lodgement requirements for Referral Agency Assessment applications

    A Referral Agency Application (RAA) Express Application is an initiative that allows for low risk applications to be determined in a five business day period and will incur a reduced application fee if it meets certain criteria. A set of information notes is available to applications to advise of revised lodgement requirements relating to a Referral Agency Assessment Application.

    These notes detail the format which the application should take as well as the express option for the application subject to qualifying criteria, that enables the application to attract a lesser application fee and a shorter assessment period.

    The notes also contain common questions with answers to assist in understanding information and process relating to making the application.

    For more information, download the Revised lodgement requirements for Referral Agency Assessment Applications (RAAs).

  • Types of Referral Agency Assessment Applications

    Referral Agency Application

    The City, as a referral agency, is responsible for self-assessable development, only as designated by the Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003, to regulate the design and siting of buildings and structures on the Gold Coast.

    Any building setback that requires a variation to the standard building regulations requires the endorsement of the City as a referral agency by way of a referral agency assessment application. Any requirement given by the City as a referral agency must be included in any development permit for building work given by the assessment manager (private building certifier).

    RAA Express Application

    A Referral Agency Assessment Application (RAA) Express Application is an initiative that allows for low risk applications to be determined in a five business day period and will incur a reduced application fee if it meets certain criteria.

    Please note these express applications are only available for carports, gate houses and shade sails.

    Such an application is limited however to lodgement at the City's Nerang customer service centre only. For more information download the Revised lodgement requirements for Referral Agency Assessment Applications (RAAs).

    Amended applications

    An amended referral agency assessment application is only application where a change is proposed to an aspect of the development that has already been endorsed by the City as the referral agency and included in a formal referral agency response. Should a new aspect of development be required for assessment that has not already referred to by the City in the referral agency response, a new referral agency assessment application is required together with an additional application fee.

 

Swimming pool fencing

Swimming pool fences have their own requirements; please visit the swimming pool fences page. 

Dividing fences / fencing disputes

The State Government regulates fencing, including how disputes between neighbours are resolved. The Neighbourhood Disputes (Dividing Fences and Trees) Act 2011 deals with constructing and repairing fences that divide adjoining land. Please visit the State Government website for more information.

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