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What's allowed on Gold Coast beaches?

Surf school beach sign To ensure a balance between the many demands placed on our city's beaches, City of Gold Coast has developed a management plan for commercial activities on our beaches.

The plan sets out what activities are allowed and not allowed on our beaches, aiming for a balance between business and non business uses, consistency between bathing and foreshore reserves, and priority for the continued health and safety of beach users.

See what's allowed in the table below. Please note that allowed activities require a license or permit.

Activities allowed Activities not allowed
Entertainment and promotional events of economic significance Buskers
Beach equipment hire by SLSCs within 100 metres of clubhouse Beach equipment hire (non Surf Lifesaving Club) from the beach
Beach equipment delivery and set-up (pre-hired)* Personal and group fitness training
Surfing and Surf Lifesaving competitions Kite surfing and wind surfing lessons
Surf schools Stand Up Paddle board lessons
Marriage ceremonies Pop-up bars
Licensed skydiving at North Kirra beach All-terrain vehicle beach tours
Food/non-alcoholic beverage delivery (pre-ordered)* Food vendors
Filming for movies/TV or still photography Touting and hawking
Dogs are allowed on leash on most beaches (except designated dog prohibited areas). There are also three off-leash beach areas. Dogs aren’t permitted within 200 metres of flagged areas. See below for more information about animals in general. 

* subject to local law change.

Information about animals on the beach

A person must not allow an animal to be brought on to a park, reserve, foreshore or bathing reserve unless the keeper of the animal has the written approval of the local government to take the animal on to the park, reserve, foreshore or bathing reserve specified in the approval.

In accordance with Council's Local Law No. 12 (Animal Management) 2013, the City has designated certain animal control areas on our beaches (Tallebudgera Beach, Palm Beach and The Spit) where dogs can be exercised off leash. A permit must be obtained to take any other animals (e.g. horses) on a beach. 

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