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Have your say on a development application

To make a submission on a development application, use the Have your say on a development application online form. Please note that submissions on a development application are not confidential.

Please read the information below before making your submission.

What is a submission?

A submission is a written comment about a development application, made by any interested member of the community (for example, a person, group or organisation) about a development application.

A person who makes a 'properly made submission' is called the 'submitter'. For Impact Assessable applications, once the City of Gold Coast (City) considers all submissions and the application is decided, a copy of the decision must be sent to each principal submitter.

Submissions can be made on developments that are Impact Assessable. Normally these are complex developments, or those that may impact on the community, or be potentially unsuitable for an area.

Developments that are straight-forward, or considered generally suitable, are listed as Code Assessable. Submitters can make a submission on Code Assessable development, however the submitter will not have any formal rights under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

A submission may:

  • object to all or part of the development, and/or
  • support all or part of the application.

Before preparing your submission you will need to review the development application and plans. The most convenient way to view a development application is via PD Online.

How do I find out details of a development application?

The most convenient way to view a development application is via PD Online.

Customers can use PD Online to view details of the development application including available documents (e.g. supporting material, acknowledgement notice, information request, etc.), the current status and the closing date for submissions. All development applications can be accessed by any person online.

What makes a submission properly made?

All submissions are considered by the assessment manager when assessing a development application, but only properly made submissions will have the legal right to appeal the City’s decision on an Impact Assessable Application through the Planning and Environment Court.

To be properly made, a submission must:

  • be in writing (includes electronic)
  • be made to the assessment manager
  • be signed by each person who made the submission, unless it is made electronically
  • state the name and residential or business address of each person who made the submission
  • state what aspects of the plan or proposed development you support or oppose and why
  • be received by the City during the formal public notification period

How do I lodge my submission?

To make a submission on a development application, use the Have your say on a development application online form.

Alternative methods of lodging a submission include:

Email: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au with the Have your say on a development application submission form attached.

Post to:
Chief Executive Officer
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9729

In person at any of our customer service centres.

Are submissions confidential?

Submissions are not confidential. As required by the Sustainable Planning Act, all submissions, including individual details, are published on the City’s PD Online website.

Grounds for a submission

When stating the grounds of your submission, it is important to focus on planning issues. Planning issues include matters such as:

  • whether the proposed use is consistent with the intent for the area as expressed in the planning scheme
  • whether the scale and design of the proposed development is compatible with surrounding development
  • how the development addresses the street and interfaces with adjoining properties
  • any potential traffic and car parking issues associated with the development
  • hours of operation (for commercial activities)
  • how the development may impact on drainage patterns in the area
  • how the development fits with any objective of the planning scheme to protect and enhance the natural environment.

Appeal rights for submission

Submitters have the legal right to appeal the City’s decision on an Impact Assessable application through the Planning and Environment Court. The City advises submitters in writing of the time period for an appeal to be submitted. Submitters do not have a legal right of appeal for Code Assessable applications.

For more information visit the Planning and Environment Court website.

How do I find out more information?

For more information relating to making a submission on a development application, visit the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning website.

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