gold coast planning scheme


The Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 is a living document that guides the growth and development of 'Our Living City', the City of the Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 Version 1.2 Amended November 2011, which is the current version of the Planning Scheme, commenced on 14 November 2011, and includes the Protection of Golf Courses Amendment Package, Varsity Station Village Local Area Plan and Consequential Amendments.

Enquiries regarding the Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 can be made at the Town Planning Advice Centre at the Nerang Council Office or by contacting Council on (07) 5582 8708.

Amendments to the Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 are released as loose-leaf inserts. To ensure your hardcopy of the Planning Scheme contains all endorsed amendments you will need to do one of the following:

Note: Only pages that contain the endorsed amendment will reference Version 1.2 Amended November 2011 in the footer. Other pages not containing the amendment will remain unchanged. Additional pages (not containing the latest amendment) may need to be reprinted to align page formatting.

Statutory Matters

The Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 was initially developed in accordance with the external link Integrated Planning Act (IPA) 1997. Given that the Planning Scheme is a living document, it is periodically reviewed and amended in accordance with State legislation relevant at the time.

Note: In accordance with the Queensland Government local government boundary reforms, the area north of the Albert River was transferred from Gold Coast City Council to Logan City Council on 15 March 2008. In accordance with the requirements of the Integrated Planning Act 1997, Logan City Council now administers all development and land use planning within the transferred area.

All enquiries regarding planning and development within the areas transferred to Logan City Council should be made to Logan City Council.

The version of the Gold Coast Planning Scheme operating in the transferred area administered by Logan City Council is different to the version of the Gold Coast Planning Scheme operating in the new Gold Coast City Council boundary. Applicants should ensure they are using the correct version of the Planning Scheme when preparing their applications.

Maps and Documents

All maps and supporting documents available online in the Gold Coast Planning Scheme 2003 are in Adobe PDF format. You will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader to access these files.

This software is free and available from Adobe's web site at external link

Please note that many of the maps are highly detailed and are therefore large in size. Downloading these documents from the Internet can take considerable time and incur significant data charges depending on individual Internet connections. While the entire plan is available through these web pages, regular users will benefit from obtaining a copy of the scheme on DVD.

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