Have your say on a development application

Support or object to a development application

Part of assessing complex development proposals is to give members of the public the opportunity to make a submission about the proposed development.

A submission is a written objection or supporting comment about a development proposal. Any member of the community (a person, group or organisation) can make a submission.

Submissions are not confidential. All submissions are published on Council's PD Online webpage with the submitters' contact details as required by the Planning Act 2016.

A person who makes a 'properly made' submission is called the 'submitter'. For development applications that require public notification, once we consider 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 and for variation requests. They may usually:

  • be complex developments
  • impact the community
  • be potentially unsuitable for an area.

Grounds for submission

Grounds submission should focus on planning, environment or transport issues 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.

For more information on making a submission and appeal rights, visit the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.

Make a submission

Online

Step 1.Find details of the development application

Before preparing your submission review the development application and plans.

Use PD Online to view details of the development application including:

  • available documents (e.g. supporting material, confirmation notice, information request)
  • current status
  • closing date for submissions.

All development applications can be accessed by any person online.

Step 2.Make a 'properly made' submission

An assessment manager considers all submissions when assessing a development application. However, only 'properly made' submissions create a legal right to appeal the decision through the Planning and Environment Court.

A properly made 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 one postal or electronic address relating to the submission for all submission-makers
  • state grounds, and the facts and circumstances relied on to support the grounds
  • be made to the entity prescribed by the Planning Act 2016 during the fixed public notification period.

Submissions to object or support a development proposal are not confidential. Submissions are published on Council's PD Online webpage with the submitters' contact details as required by the Planning Act 2016.

Step 3.Select one of our online forms and submit

We introduced a new online tool in 2018. Applications lodged prior to 28 June 2018 can be accessed through the previous portal.

Have your say (before 28 June 2018) Have your say (from 28 June 2018)

By email

Step 1.Find details of the development application

Before preparing your submission review the development application and plans.

Use PD Online to view details of the development application including:

  • available documents (e.g. supporting material, confirmation notice, information request)
  • current status
  • closing date for submissions.

All development applications can be accessed by any person online.

Step 2.Make a 'properly made' submission

An assessment manager considers all submissions when assessing a development application. However, only 'properly made' submissions create a legal right to appeal the decision through the Planning and Environment Court.

A properly made 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 one postal or electronic address relating to the submission for all submission-makers
  • state grounds, and the facts and circumstances relied on to support the grounds
  • be made to the entity prescribed by the Planning Act 2016 during the fixed public notification period.

Submissions to object or support a development proposal are not confidential. Submissions are published on Council's PD Online webpage with the submitters' contact details as required by the Planning Act 2016.

Step 3.Complete the submission form

Download, print and complete the Have your say on a development application submission form(PDF, 183KB)

Step 4.Send us your completed submission form

Email to: DASubmissions@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

In person

Step 1.Find details of the development application

Before preparing your submission review the development application and plans.

Use PD Online to view details of the development application including:

  • available documents (e.g. supporting material, confirmation notice, information request)
  • current status
  • closing date for submissions.

All development applications can be accessed by any person online.

Step 2.Make a 'properly made' submission

An assessment manager considers all submissions when assessing a development application. However, only 'properly made' submissions create a legal right to appeal the decision through the Planning and Environment Court.

A properly made 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 one postal or electronic address relating to the submission for all submission-makers
  • state grounds, and the facts and circumstances relied on to support the grounds
  • be made to the entity prescribed by the Planning Act 2016 during the fixed public notification period.

Submissions to object or support a development proposal are not confidential. Submissions are published on Council's PD Online webpage with the submitters' contact details as required by the Planning Act 2016.

Step 3.Complete the submission form

Download, print and complete the Have your say on a development application submission form(PDF, 183KB)

Step 4.Visit one of our customer service centres

Submit your application at one of our customer service centres Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4.30pm

By mail

Step 1.Find details of the development application

Before preparing your submission review the development application and plans.

Use PD Online to view details of the development application including:

  • available documents (e.g. supporting material, confirmation notice, information request)
  • current status
  • closing date for submissions.

All development applications can be accessed by any person online.

Step 2.Make a 'properly made' submission

An assessment manager considers all submissions when assessing a development application. However, only 'properly made' submissions create a legal right to appeal the decision through the Planning and Environment Court.

A properly made 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 one postal or electronic address relating to the submission for all submission-makers
  • state grounds, and the facts and circumstances relied on to support the grounds
  • be made to the entity prescribed by the Planning Act 2016 during the fixed public notification period.

Submissions to object or support a development proposal are not confidential. Submissions are published on Council's PD Online webpage with the submitters' contact details as required by the Planning Act 2016.

Step 3.Complete the submission form

Download, print and complete the Have your say on a development application submission form(PDF, 183KB)

Step 4.Send us your completed submission form

Post to:
DA submissions, City Development Branch
Economy, Planning & Environment
City of Gold Coast, PO Box 5042, GCMC QLD 9726