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Planning and Development Certificates

Council of the City of Gold Coast provides limited, standard and full Planning and Development Certificates (PDC) in accordance with the requirements of Section 265 of the Planning Act 2016 and Schedule 23 of the Planning Regulation 2017.

Council also provides standard and full Town Planning Certificates in accordance with the requirements of Section 18Q, Schedule 2 of the Local Government (Robina Central Planning Agreement) Act 1992 (RCPA).

PDCs provide potential property owners, lawyers and property developers with information about planning scheme provisions, infrastructure charges or agreements and development approvals for specific premises.

Anyone may apply for a PDC. Customers must complete a search request form and pay the relevant fee for the particular certificate type. Council’s Register of Fees and Charges outlines the applicable fees.

See our researching a property page for information to assist you prior to purchasing a property.

See our lodging a search request page for details on how to request a property search.

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  • What information is provided in a limited PDC?

    Schedule 23 of the Planning Regulation 2017 outlines the detail contained in a Limited PDC. The purpose of a Limited PDC is to identify general planning information that applies to a specific site. These PDCs are commonly used for due diligence and conveyancing matters.

    A Limited PDC must contain:

    • a summary of any planning scheme provisions or charges resolution provisions applying specifically to the premises, including how any applicable Temporary Local Planning Instruments or variation approvals affect the operation or vary the effect of a planning scheme provision
    • a copy of any information recorded for the premises in the infrastructure charges register
    • a summary of a provision State planning instrument provision if it applies to the premises
    • a description of any designations applying to the premises.

    Limited PDCs do not provide any information regarding development approvals that are applicable to the particular premises.

  • What information is provided in a standard PDC?

    Schedule 23 of the Planning Regulation 2017 outlines the detail contained within a standard PDC. 

    A standard PDC must contain the information required to be contained in a limited PDC plus:

    • a copy of every decision notice or negotiated decision notice for a development approval in effect for the premises
    • details of any changes to a development approval or approvals given to extend the currency period of a development approval in effect for the premises
    • a copy of every continuing approval mentioned in repealed Integrated Planning Act 1997, Section 6.1.23(1)(a) to (d)
    • details of any decision to approve or refuse an application to amend a planning scheme made under s4.3 of the repealed Local Government (Planning & Environment) Act 1990 (e.g. rezoning application), including any conditions of approval
    • a copy of every compliance certificate in effect at the time the Standard PDC is given
    • a copy of any effective exemption certificates for the development on the premises
    • a copy of any deemed approval notice relating to the premises (where the development approval has not lapsed)
    • a copy of each master plan applying to the premises
    • a copy of any judgment or order of the Planning and Environment Court or a tribunal about a development approval
    • a copy of any agreement to which the Local Government or a referral agency (e.g. Main Roads, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, etc.) is a party about a condition of a development approval
    • a copy of any infrastructure agreement applying to the premises to which the Local Government is a party
    • a description of each amendment, proposed to be made by the Local Government to its planning scheme, that has not yet been made at the time the certificate is given (e.g. Council has formally adopted amendments to the Planning Scheme, but these have not yet commenced).

    A standard PDC does not provide any information regarding the compliance or fulfilment of development conditions. If details regarding the fulfilment of conditions is required, a full Planning and Development Certificate is required.

  • What information is provided in a full PDC?

    Schedule 23 of the Planning Regulation 2017 details the information contained in a full PDC. Full PDCs are generally requested for commercial enterprises, or requested when the sale of land involves a number of land uses operating on the site - for example shopping centres, Q1 type developments, mixed developments such as Circle on Cavill.

    A full PDC must contain the information required to be contained in a limited and standard PDC plus:

    • details of any current development approval containing conditions, and a statement of fulfilment or non-fulfilment with each condition at a stated day (after the day the certificate was applied for)
    • if there is an infrastructure agreement that Council is party to, including:
      • any obligations that have not been fulfilled, including details of the nature and extent of non-fulfilment
      • details of any security given and whether any payment required under the security has been made
    • advice of any prosecution for a development offence in relation to the premises that the Local Government is aware of; or proceedings for a prosecution for a development offence in relation to the premises that Council is aware of.
  • How do I apply for a PDC?

    Customers must complete Council’s Corporate Search Request Form and pay the relevant fee for the particular certificate type. Council’s Register of Fees and Charges outlines the applicable fees.

  • How long does a PDC request take to process?

    The Planning Act 2016 determines the timeframes in which Council must provide the PDC requested by the customer. The timeframes are:

    • Limited PDC (Planning Act 2016) - within five business days of the request being made
    • Standard PDC (Planning Act 2016) - within 10 business days of the request being made
    • Full PDC (Planning Act 2016) - within 30 business days of the request being made.

    RCPA determines the timeframes in which Council must provide the PDC requested by the customer.

    • Standard PDC (RCPA) - within 14 business days of the request being made
    • Full PDC (RCPA) - within 40 business days of the request being made.
  • Will a PDC always give me all of the information I am looking for?

    A PDC is not always the answer to obtaining the information relating to the Planning Scheme and Development Approvals for a premise. Given PDCs only provide copies of those development approvals that have not lapsed on a property. 

    For more options for sourcing information see:

    PD Online
    Copies of decision notices/plans of development
    Building and development
    Right to Information Act 2009

  • Who can I contact to find out more about PDC applications?

    For more information contact our Planning Development Certificate team.

    Phone: 07 5582 8319
    Email:  planningsearches@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

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