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Planning and building

The Gold Coast is a vibrant and attractive city. We are working hard to maintain our enviable lifestyle and ensure our city continues to thrive in a sustainable way.

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Planning and building

Building and construction COVID–19 economic stimulus incentives

To assist our city's recovery from the economic impacts of COVID-19, a range of incentives and discounted services are now available which are designed to stimulate and streamline new building and construction work, particularly smaller-scale projects across the city.

Incentives include (but are not limited to):

  • implementation of the Express Development Application process (Express DA), including a 50 per cent fee reduction
  • Referral Agency Applications – 50 per cent fee reduction
  • pre-lodgement meeting requests – fees waived
  • faster assessment timeframes for Request to change applications.

For further information visit our building and construction COVID-19 economic stimulus incentives page.


Use the links below to find information on planning, building, construction, development and buying and selling property on the Gold Coast.

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Building and plumbing

Find information about approvals for building works, retaining walls, swimming pool fencing, plumbing and drainage. Submit applications and book inspections online.

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Development applications

Learn about the development application stages and how to lodge an application with the City. Search for applications on PD Online and have your say on a development.

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Guidelines and tools

View our City Plan and interactive mapping, search property and development application information using PD online, plus other development guidelines and tools.

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Buying, selling & searches

Find information about the types of property searches available and other information to assist with buying and selling a property.

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Urban design

Discover how we are directing the city's development and providing quality community infrastructure to enhance our environment and lifestyle.

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City Place making

Learn more about City Place making and the associated precinct master planning, centre improvement and tactical urbanism projects.

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