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Changes to development approvals

A change application may be required to change an existing approval or the timeframes an approval has effect; or to check whether the development you are undertaking is in accordance with the City's requirements.

Types of Change applications

Minor change

A change can be considered as a minor change if the proposed change:

  • does not result in ‘substantially different development’
  • does not include prohibited development
  • does not introduce impact assessment where previously code
  • does not introduce new grounds for assessment by a referral agency
  • does not introduce a new or additional referral agency.

A minor change to the development would not be substantially different development where the change:

  • does not involve a new use
  • does not apply to a new parcel of land
  • does not dramatically change the built form
  • does not change the operation of the development from that intended
  • does not impact on traffic flow or transport networks
  • does not introduce new impacts, or increase severity of new impacts
  • does not remove an offset component
  • does not impact on infrastructure provisions.

A minor change application is assessed in accordance with s81 of the Planning Act 2016 and will not be publicly notified.

Change other than a minor change (other change)

You may make a request for a change other than a minor change to the development approval where the change involves substantially different development.

A change other than a minor change application is assessed in accordance with s82 of the Planning Act 2016 and the Development Assessment Rules, which follow the timeframes of a new application and may require public notification of the change to be carried out.

Extension applications

Before a development application lapses, you may apply to extend a currency period of a development approval. The currency period, for the aspects of development listed below, is the time period within which the actions stated below must occur before the approval lapses.

Approvals generally specify the applicable currency period.

If not stated then:

  • Material Change of Use - six years for the first change of use to start
  • Reconfiguring a Lot not requiring Operational Works - four years for the subdivision plan for the reconfiguration to be lodged to Council for plan sealing
  • Building Work - two years for the development to substantially start
  • Operational Work - two years for the development to substantially start.

Submitting change applications

The 'Request to make a change' application form can be used to lodge a request to change an existing development approval, subject to the following:

  • the original application was decided by the City; or
  • the original application was decided by the Planning and Environment Court and the change is for a minor change and there were no properly made submissions for the original application; or
  • the change is for a minor change to a development condition that a referral agency imposed (that was not the City).

To ensure your application is processed as soon as possible you are required to:

  • clearly identify the type of change being made to the development approval
  • provide a clear description of each change and the conditions they affect
  • ensure all changes are clearly marked on the relevant plans
  • provide a full set of plans, not just those pages that have been amended.

Download a Request to make a change application form

Submitting extension applications

The 'Extension application to extend a currency period' form can be used to lodge a request to extend the currency period of a development approval, subject to the following:

  • the currency period for the development approval has not already lapsed.

Download an Extension application to extend a currency period form

How to apply

Applications can be submitted using the online forms available within the forms and applications section below.

Application documentation is to be submitted as follows:

  • forms – combined as one single PDF
  • supporting documents – combined as one single PDF
  • plans – combined as one single PDF
  • specialist reports – combined as one single PDF
  • the required fee – refer to the Register of fees and charges for more details.

Related information

Jump to key information
  • What are the requirements for a properly made application?

    The development application must be submitted in the approved form to the assessment manager, and accompanied by:

    • documents required under the form (must be attached to, or given with, the application)
    • the written consent of the owner of the premises which is the subject of the application (Note: the State Government has an applicant template with the information required for obtaining owner's consent from an individual and/or company)
    • the required fee. Refer to cityofgoldcoast.com.au/fees for the regulatory fees and charges.
  • What are the owner’s consent requirements?

    All current registered owners must provide written consent.

    Advisory notes:

    • Where a change of ownership of the premises has occurred within the last six months, a copy of the solicitor’s letter or title documentation advising the transfer date is recommended to be submitted with the application.
    • Where a power of attorney has been granted authority to sign for an owner, a certified/signed copy of the power of attorney documentation including dealing numbers is recommended to be submitted with the application.

    Where the owner is a company or corporation, written consent is required as follows:

    1. the ACN number; and
    2. the names, titles and signature(s) of:
      • two directors of the company, or
      • a director and the company secretary, or
      • the sole director plus written confirmation that the company has only one director.

    Where the owner includes a body corporate, written consent is required as follows:

    1. the body corporate seal; and
    2. body corporate
      • resolution providing written consent to the making of the application, including the names, titles and signature(s) of the chairperson and one member, or
      • letter of written consent to the making of the application including the names, titles and signature(s) of the chairperson and the secretary, or
      • letter of written consent to the making of the application from each lot/unit owner included in the body corporate.

    Other ownership arrangements

    • Leased land – the lessors of the land must give owner’s consent.
    • Dedicated parkland – the owner or the trustee, within the terms of the trust or reserve, must give owner’s consent.
  • How should I prepare my attachments for submitting online?

    The attachments you prepare for online lodgement should include a maximum of four (4) attached PDF files – Forms, Supporting documents, Plans and Specialist Reports. (If lodging a hard copy application, these should be saved to a disc or USB.)

    Combine each attachment as one single PDF document and name the PDF file. See example as follows:

    • Forms 24 Black Street Nerang.pdf
    • Supporting documents 24 Black Street Nerang.pdf
    • Plans 24 Black Street Nerang.pdf
    • Specialist reports 24 Black Street Nerang.pdf

    Do not password protect the PDF documents for lodgement.

    Depending on the application type, not all four sections may need to be provided.

    Note: There is a total 20mb size limit for all attachments that can be uploaded via the online form. If your documents exceed this limit, they can be lodged separately by requesting a Dropbox link from DART@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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