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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.

Lodge a development application

Online lodgement (eLodgement)

Submit online SmartForm

The majority of development applications can now be lodged online, with a few exceptions. The application types which can be lodged online via eLodgement from the list below, contain a link to the online SmartForm.

City of Gold Coast officers are available to provide assistance with any issues lodging online, please call the Planning Enquiries Centre on 07 5582 8708.

Once an application has been submitted electronically using the online form, it is imperative that all future application correspondence is submitted in the required PDF format:

  • Forms - combine as one single PDF
  • Supporting documents - combine as one single PDF
  • Plans - combine as one single PDF
  • Specialist reports - combine as one single PDF

Please note: Do not password protect the PDF documents for lodgement.

Mail or lodge in person

Development applications can also be sent by post or lodged in person at any of our customer service centres.

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

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

Development application fees vary depending on the type of application you are lodging. Refer to the Register of Fees and Charges for more information.

Development application types and forms required

Development Application lodgement process (PDF 268kb)

Material Change of Use (MCU)

Infrastructure forms not required for MCU application types

Infrastructure charges forms are not required for the following applications:

  • Work From Home
  • Preliminary Applications

Reconfiguring a Lot (ROL)

Infrastructure forms not required for ROL application types

Infrastructure charges forms are not required for the following applications:

  • Boundary realignments
  • Access easements
  • Volumetric subdivisions
  • Preliminary applications

Fast Tracking development applications (RiskSmart)

Do you need a development application approved quickly? RiskSmart streamlines the assessment of selected low risk development applications, significantly reducing holding costs, red tape and processing time.

To find out more about eligibility and lodgement, visit our Fast Tracking development applications page.

Operational Works (OPW)

Quick links
Civil engineering (subdivisions only) Car parking
Tree works not associated with development Landscaping, private and public
Tree works associated with development Associated building works
Change to ground level (dam construction and single residential, industrial or commercial lots) Prescribed tidal works
Electrical drawings Non-tidal works
Vehicular crossing (VXO)

Operational works civil engineering (subdivisions only)

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Application for operational works (0.39mb) - Application for operational works (0.24mb)

Appendix A engineering drawings application checklist (0.22mb) - Appendix A engineering drawings application checklist (0.36mb)

Appendix B application for approval of engineering drawings (0.13mb) - Appendix B application for approval of engineering drawings (0.09mb)

Operational works - tree works not associated with a development

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Site plan for tree works (0.14mb)

Operational works - tree works associated with development

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Application for operational works (0.39mb) - Application for operational works (0.24mb)

Operational works - change to ground level (single lots only)

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Application for operational works (0.39mb) - Application for operational works (0.24mb)

Appendix A engineering drawings application checklist (0.22mb) - Appendix A engineering drawings application checklist (0.36mb)

Appendix B application for approval of engineering drawings (0.13mb) - Appendix B application for approval of engineering drawings (0.09mb)

Operational works - electrical drawings

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Appendix E street lighting application (0.14mb) - Appendix E street lighting application (0.12mb)

Operational works - landscaping private and public

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Application for operational works (0.39mb) - Application for operational works (0.24mb)

Operational works - associated building works

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Application for operational works (0.39mb) - Application for operational works (0.24mb)

Appendix A engineering drawings application checklist (0.22mb) - Appendix A engineering drawings application checklist (0.36mb)

Appendix B application for approval of engineering drawings (0.13mb) - Appendix B application for approval of engineering drawings (0.09mb)

Operational works - prescribed tidal works

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Application for operational works (0.39mb) - Application for operational works (0.24mb)

Operational works for non-tidal works

Use this form to request an approval to construct non-tidal works.

Approval to construct non-tidal works (0.22mb) - Approval to construct non-tidal works (0.14mb)

Operational works - vehicular crossing (VXO)

The below forms and the State Government Form 1 must be completed and submitted to the City at time of lodgement.

State Government forms and documents

Application for operational works (0.39mb) - Application for operational works (0.24mb)

Priority Development Area (PDA)

Priority Development Area

Use this form to lodge an application for development in a Priority Development Area (PDA).

Priority Development Area (PDA) application form (0.30mb) - Priority Development Area (PDA) application form (0.16mb)

Priority Development Area – Deed Polls (Operational Works Self Certification)

This form is to be completed with details of qualifications, experience and professional registration and to acknowledge responsibilities and obligations for a PDA application.

Certification Deed Poll of the Development Proponent (0.17mb) - Certification Deed Poll of the Development Proponent (0.13mb)

Certification Deed Poll of the Certifier(s) (0.08mb) - Certification Deed Poll of the Certifier(s) (0.18mb)

Certification Deed Poll of the Project Coordinator (0.08mb) - Certification Deed Poll of the Project Coordinator (0.18mb)

Certification Deed Poll of the Development Coordinator (0.08mb) - Certification Deed Poll of the Development Coordinator (0.18mb)

Priority Development Area - Pre-construction

Use this form to provide information on the pre-certification for a Priority Development Area (PDA) application.

Pre-construction certification form (0.04mb) - Pre-construction certification form (0.13mb)

Submission form - pre-certification (to be lodged by the project coordinator) (0.03mb) - Submission form - pre-certification (to be lodged by the project coordinator) (0.12mb)

Priority Development Area - Bonds

Use this form to lodge an application for bond assessment for a Priority Development Area (PDA) application.

Southport PDA application for bond assessment (0.16mb) - Southport PDA application for bond assessment (0.13mb)

Uncompleted works deed poll for $200000 or less (0.13mb) - Uncompleted works deed poll for $200,000 or less (0.17mb)

Uncompleted works deed for more than $200,000 (0.16mb) - Uncompleted works deed for more than $200,000 (0.19mb)

Other

Quick links
Request to make a change application Construction Management Plan
Generally in Accordance Request Environmental offsets
Preliminary approval Assessment of Management Plans
Extension application to extend a currency period Superseded Planning Scheme
Plan of Development Application to confirm accepted development status
Final Development Approvals Assessment of Subdivision (Survey Plans)
Transfer document - plan sealing Checklist for lodging easement and covenants with plans of subdivision

Extension application to extend a currency period

The following form can be used to lodge a request to extend the currency period of a development approval, subject to the following:

  • The currency period for the development approval has not already lapsed.

State Government forms and documents

Extension application to extend a currency period (0.21mb) - Extension application to extend a currency period (0.17mb)

Request to make a change application

The following form can be used to lodge a request to change an existing development approval, subject to the following:

  • the original application was decided by the City; or
  • the original application was decided by the Planning and Environment Court and the change is for a minor change and there were no properly made submissions for the original application; or
  • the change is for a minor change to a development condition that a referral agency imposed, unless the development condition was a condition imposed by the City as a referral agency for the original application. For example, you would still use this form if you want to make a change to an existing development permit for building works where the City imposed development conditions as a referral agency.

State Government forms and documents

Request to make a change application (0.30mb) - Request to make a change application (0.22mb)

Generally in accordance request

The applicant can lodge a 'Generally in accordance request' if the proposed changes are minor in nature.

Generally in accordance request (0.17mb) - Generally in accordance request (0.12mb)

Preliminary approval to vary the effect of a local planning instrument

State Government Form 1

State Government forms and documents

Plan of development

Planning Assessment, Implementation and Assessment - Plan of Development Application (Robina Only)

Submit online SmartForm

Plan of development (0.19mb) - Plan of development (0.15mb)

Robina Town Centre Planning Agreement Act (Final Development Approvals)

Final Development Approval Application - Robina Only.

Submit online SmartForm

State Government forms and documents

Final Development Approval Application (Robina Only) (0.32mb) - Final Development Approval Application (Robina Only) (0.25mb)

Environmental offset application forms

The Environmental Offsets Act 2014 allows for proponents to undertake various offset activities (e.g. undertake an environmental offset, enter into an early arrangement, undertake an advanced offset, etc). Below are the application forms associated with the various activities allowed for under the Act.

Application for environmental offsets (0.14mb) - Application for early arrangement (0.16mb)

Application for Advanced offset (0.18mb) - Application to amend an Agreed delivery arrangement / Early arrangement (0.26mb)

Application to recalculate / refund / credit Financial settlement offset amount (0.18mb)

Environmental offset - Agreed delivery arrangements

As part of the process for delivering an environmental offset, City of Gold Coast and the proponent must enter into an Agreed Delivery Arrangement (signed by both parties). Below are the Agreed Delivery Arrangements for each possible scenario (e.g. financial contribution, proponent driven, staged, etc). These arrangements have been created as standardised documents, and must not be amended beyond the fillable portions.

Agreed delivery arrangement - Financial Settlement Offset - no staged delivery (0.14mb) - Agreed delivery arrangement - Financial settlement offset - staged delivery (0.14mb)

Agreed delivery arrangement - Proponent-driven offset - No staged delivery (0.14mb) - Agreed delivery arrangement - Proponent-driven offset - Staged delivery (0.14mb)

Agreed delivery arrangement - Combination - Staged delivery (0.28mb) - Agreed delivery arrangement - Combination - No staged delivery (0.15mb)

Environmental offset - Early arrangements

As part of the process for an early arrangement, City of Gold Coast and the proponent must enter into an Early Arrangement (signed by both parties). Below are the Early arrangements for each possible scenario (i.e. financial contribution, proponent driven and combination). These arrangements have been created as standardised documents, and must not be amended beyond the fillable portions.

Early arrangement - Financial settlement offset (0.28mb) - Early arrangement - Proponent-driven offset (0.25mb)

Early arrangement - Combination (0.15mb)

Environmental offset - Deeds of amendment

When amendments are required to Agreed Delivery Arrangements or Early Arrangements, City of Gold Coast and the proponent must enter into Deeds of Amendment (signed by both parties). Below are the Deeds of Amendment for each possible scenario (e.g. financial contribution, proponent driven, staged, etc) for both Agreed Delivery Arrangements and Early Arrangements. These Deeds of Amendment have been created as standardised documents, and must not be amended beyond the fillable portions.

Deed of amendment - Agreed delivery arrangement - Financial settlement offset (0.20mb) - Deed of amendment - Agreed delivery arrangement - Proponent-driven offset (0.22mb)

Deed of amendment - Agreed delivery arrangement - Combination (0.22mb) - Deed of amendment - Early arrangement - Financial settlement offset (0.20mb)

Deed of amendment - Early arrangement - Proponent-driven offset (0.22mb) - Deed of amendment - Early arrangement - Combination (0.22mb)

Assessment of management plans

Application of management plans (0.21mb) - Application of management plans (0.15mb)

Application to confirm accepted development status

The application provides an assessment of the proposed use in order to confirm that it is an Accepted Development for the applicable property.

Application to confirm accepted development status (0.19mb)

Assessment of Subdivision (Survey Plans)

The forms below can be used for either a standard format plan, building format plan or volumetric format plan. Please refer to the checklists for further information.

Plan sealing application kit (0.45mb)

Transfer document - Park plan sealing

Your development approval may involve land transfer requests to be registered. The transfer is registered with Titles Office of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and must incorporate consistent community purpose types to that stated in Schedule 1 of the Land Act 1994.

The following forms are required:

Plan sealing application kit (0.45mb)

Checklist for lodging easement and covenants with plans of subdivision

Your development approval may require the City of Gold Coast owned easements to be registered, particularly where the City-owned infrastructure (i.e. stormwater, water or sewerage) is, or proposed to be located on private property. The easement is a registered title with the Titles Office of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines

A covenant under the Land Titles Act 1994 (Division 4A) is a legal agreement which sets restrictions on a piece of land. The restrictions imposed by a covenant can be registered regardless of the property owner.

The City may set a covenant as part of the development approval conditions in relation to the use of land and/or construction including preservation of vegetation, native animals or any cultural significance relating to the lot.

The following forms are required:

  • Checklist for lodging easement and covenants with plans of subdivision
  • Easement template

Plan sealing application kit (0.45mb)

Infrastructure Charge Estimates

Infrastructure forms not required for MCU application types

Infrastructure charges forms are not required for the following applications:

  • Work From Home
  • Preliminary Applications

Infrastructure forms not required for ROL application types

Infrastructure charges forms are not required for the following applications:

  • Boundary realignments
  • Access easements
  • Volumetric subdivisions
  • Preliminary applications

Miscellaneous Infrastructure charge forms

Application for infrastructure offset agreement, infrastructure payment deferral or not-for-profit rebate request (161kb)

Application for infrastructure offset agreement, infrastructure payment deferral or not-for-profit rebate request (227kb)

Application for Negotiated Infrastructure Charge Notice (50kb)

Application for Negotiated Infrastructure Charge Notice (155kb)

Review of infrastructure charges - this form is used to request review of planned demand attributed to a property:

Infrastructure charge form requirements for building applications

Infrastructure charge forms will need to be completed for some building applications associated with self-assessable development. That is, development that does not require the lodgement of an associated MCU application.

The set of forms usually submitted for a Material Change of Use (MCU) application are to be submitted for such building applications.

Infrastructure charge/developer contribution rates

Listing of infrastructure charge/developer contribution rates for transport, stormwater, recreation, sewerage and water.

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