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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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Types of development applications

Material change of use

A material change of use is applicable when the way a property is being used is altered.

Material change of use

Reconfiguring a lot

A reconfiguring a lot application is applicable when lots are subdivided, amalgamated and involve boundary realignments.

Reconfiguring a lot

Operational works

An operational works application is required for a range of development activities including excavating/filling, erecting an advertising sign, clearing vegetation, road works and infrastructure.

Operational works

Changes to development approvals

There are various types of change applications available subject to the existing development approval.

Changes to development approvals

RiskSmart applications

A streamlined process to assess and decide low risk development applications submitted to the City of Gold Coast.

RiskSmart applications

Request to apply superseded planning scheme

A person may request that a proposed development be assessed and decided under a superseded planning scheme.

Request to apply superseded planning scheme

Building applications

Whether you are building a house, duplex, garage, shed, carport, retaining wall or some other structure, you will most likely require building approval (certification).

Building applications

Plumbing and drainage

Prior to starting compliance assessable work, a submission to the City of Gold Coast for approval is required.

Plumbing and drainage

Tree works (public and private)

If work is to be carried out on protected vegetation on public or private land, an application to City of Gold Coast may be required.

Tree works (public and private)

Non-tidal development works

Construction of jetties, pontoons and boat ramps within non tidal waters.

Non-tidal development works

Driveways and vehicular crossings

City of Gold Coast has an assessment and approval process that ensures driveway and vehicular crossings are effectively regulated and match the City standards.

Driveways and vehicular crossings

Priority development area

A priority development area is declared by the Queensland State Government to facilitate the development of land for economic or community purposes.

Priority development area

Management plans

A management plan may be required to satisfy conditions imposed on a development approval issued under various legislation.

Management plans

Infrastructure contributions

Infrastructure contributions levied on approved developments are determined by the applicable charging regime in place at the date the approval is granted.

Infrastructure contributions

Plan sealing

If your development requires subdivision, you will need to submit a request for the City to approve the plan of subdivision.

Plan sealing

Temporary ground anchors

Proposed installation of temporary ground anchors used to anchor shoring when deep excavation works are undertaken for basements and the like.

Temporary ground anchors

Environmental Offsets

The Environmental Offset Policy ensures any unavoidable loss of key local environmental values can be offset through a requirement for compensatory works or financial settlements.

Environmental Offsets

Permanent Road Closures

A road is any area of land that has been set aside by legislation for the present or future use of the travelling public. This definition does include footpaths.

Permanent Road Closures

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