Your development application must be:
- submitted in the approved form to the assessment manager, and
- accompanied by:
a. the documents required under the State and Council forms
b. the required fee. Refer to our Register of fees & charges.
c. owner's consent (if required under S51 of the Planning Act 2016).
Documentation as required to support the development application, including but not limited to:
- cover letter outlining proposal
- copy of previous planning approval (if applicable)
- report outlining assessment against relevant codes
- engineering drawing application checklist(PDF, 763KB)
- evidence of one of the following as part of the application lodgement (for portable long service levy):
a. payment of levy, or
b. payment of the first instalment of levy, or
c. o an exemption from payment of levy, or
d. an exemption from immediate payment of levy.
Plans and drawings
Registered Professional Engineer of QLD (RPEQ) certified plans are necessary. Plans must be submitted as a PDF in A3 size and contain the information detailed in the Engineering drawings checklist(PDF, 763KB)
Reports as required to support the development application, including but not limited to:
- Flood search report
- Hydraulics report
- Stormwater management plan
- Geotechnical report
- Dewatering management plan
- Lake management study
- Waterway study
- Water quality management plan
Types of specialist reports for environmental, open space, landscaping and tree works matters:
- Detailed landscape plan
- Bushfire management plan
- Ecological assessment
- Open space management plan
- Arborist report / tree assessment plan / tree management plan
- Effluent disposal plan
- Acid sulphate soils investigation and management plan
Specific plan requirements for Operational works non-tidal development works
- show dimensions, full constructional details, reduced level of the revetment wall and maintained water level in City of Gold Coast controlled lakes to scale, design criteria and parameters including live loads, wind load, flood levels, stream flow velocity design loading, maximum size specifications of vessel to use the structure, etc.
The anchoring connection of the structure must be designed independent of the revetment wall so there will be no additional loading on the wall that would negatively impact upon its structural integrity.
The plans must include the proposed structure and its fixtures must not impose any additional loads on the existing revetment wall.
All plans must include the required design and safety criteria and be certified by an RPEQ, bearing an original signature.
Requirements for proposed boat ramps
Ramp design must meet the minimum scour protection specifications as detailed on the City standard drawing number 05-04-005. Independently drafted and submitted plans must include and indicate all design criteria as specified on the City standard drawing number 05-04-005. If the City standard drawings are to be used as application plans submitted for consideration, the "Details to be completed" table must be completed in full for all boat ramp applications.
Requirements for non-standard driveway applications
The following items are required to be completed and submitted with your operational works non-standard driveway application:
Provide an aerial view site plan, which details information as shown in the Site Plan Template and in RS-049 standard drawing:
- the distance to the side property boundary if within 2 metres or less
- the width of the verge (distance from the property boundary to the road)
- any street trees within 3 metres of the proposed vehicular crossing
- any services within 1 metre of the proposed vehicular crossing
- the kerb tapers, whether they are internal or external
- the width of the vehicular crossing at the kerb and at the property boundary
- a plan of the site in its entirety showing the complete area of works proposed.
Provide a longitudinal section plan which details information as shown in the Cross-Section Template and in RS-050 standard drawing:
- the proposed transition lengths
- the proposed transition gradients as a percentage (for example: either 1 in 8 or 12.5%)
- the gradient of the road at property boundary if it exceeds 3%
- RL or height above kerb invert values, ensure 250 millimetres above kerb invert is acquired to ensure stormwater is contained within the road reserve as per requirement of Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (Q.U.D.M.)
- if the crossing is on steep land, you may be asked to provide additional long sections.
Supporting documents including completed Code Template or completed checklist. (The applicant must address compliance with the Driveways and Vehicular crossings Code 9.4.2 of the City Plan.)
For heavy duty or rural crossing applications please refer to RS-051 and RS-056 respectively.
It is advisable that the services of an RPEQ be engaged to prepare the site plan and longitudinal plan where the proposed VXO varies significantly from the City's Standards.
To issue a development permit for a non-standard driveway operational works, you must complete the following two stages:
1. Pre-assessment stage: to confirm that the application is 'properly made'
If all required documents are submitted and applicable fees paid, City will issue a 'Confirmation Notice'. This will confirm that the application is properly made.
Where information provided is not complete or fees are not received, we will issue an 'Action Notice'. This will request the applicant to take an action, such as amending forms or payment of fees. Upon fulfilling requested action(s) in the action notice, we will issue a confirmation notice.
2. Assessment stage: to verify that the proposal complies with the criteria outlined in the City Plan
Assessment of applications do not commence until the application is properly made.
An assessment officer will start assessing the application after it is properly made. At this stage, we will issue an 'Information Request' if we need more information or clarification. The assessment officer will resume assessment upon receipt of a response to the information request. Otherwise, City will make a decision and forward it to the applicant. You will then be allowed to book pre-pour and post-pour inspections.
After successful completion of both pre-pour and post-pour inspections, we will send you a letter confirming completion of the works.
Please note: If the application for a licence is not approved and the design is not acceptable (before inspecting the site) we will advise the applicant accordingly, along with possible options. A reinspection fee will not apply if the design is not approved at this stage.
Failure to comply
If there are no existing operational work development permits for a non-standard vehicular crossing:
- the building work for a dwelling, carport or garage to which access is provided must be consistent with the City Plan's requirements for a standard vehicular crossing (and a private certifier cannot approve building work that is inconsistent); or
- if a standard vehicular crossing cannot be achieved, a private certifier is prohibited from giving building approval for building work (for a dwelling, garage or carport) until an operational work development permit is given for a non-standard vehicular crossing.
Seeking to obtain the City's approval for a non-standard vehicular crossing after building work approval or construction of the building can be problematic, as a favourable decision may not achievable due to any non-compliances with the City Plan and the City's requirements. Non-standard vehicular crossings which do not meet the City's requirements can cause damage to private vehicles as well as the City's infrastructure and is not likely to be supported by the City.