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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.

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

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)


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