City of Gold Coast Planning and Development Hub

Welcome to the City of Gold Coast Planning and Development Hub - an online communication and engagement tool created to provide a secure location to give you access to information on matters relating to planning, building and development, such as:


  • practice notes;
  • training videos;
  • presentations; and
  • news.
To become a member of this important hub, please click on "register to get involved" now.

Welcome to the City of Gold Coast Planning and Development Hub - an online communication and engagement tool created to provide a secure location to give you access to information on matters relating to planning, building and development, such as:


  • practice notes;
  • training videos;
  • presentations; and
  • news.
To become a member of this important hub, please click on "register to get involved" now.
  • Procedure for contractors and consultants to report failures or faults to Gold Coast Water and Waste's live water supply and sewerage infrastructure

    about 1 month ago
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    Contractors and engineering consultants please be aware that operational faults or failures to the City’s live water supply and sewerage networks requiring an urgent response are to be reported to Gold Coast Water and Waste on 1300 000 928 to conduct the necessary urgent repairs. Operational faults or failures requiring an urgent response include the gushing of water and sewer spills. This applies to all live infrastructure, whether deemed on or off maintenance.

    Operational repairs undertaken by Gold Coast Water and Waste as a result of damage from a contractor, or damage to infrastructure... Continue reading

    Contractors and engineering consultants please be aware that operational faults or failures to the City’s live water supply and sewerage networks requiring an urgent response are to be reported to Gold Coast Water and Waste on 1300 000 928 to conduct the necessary urgent repairs. Operational faults or failures requiring an urgent response include the gushing of water and sewer spills. This applies to all live infrastructure, whether deemed on or off maintenance.

    Operational repairs undertaken by Gold Coast Water and Waste as a result of damage from a contractor, or damage to infrastructure that is deemed ‘on-maintenance’, will be invoiced to the contractor.

    Non-urgent defects that can be repaired by the contractor for assets that are ‘on-maintenance’ include damaged meter boxes or lids, lowering or raising of valves/manholes/hydrants/meters, damage to sewer lids, or slow leaking at meter box/stop tap/ fire hydrant/etc. Those non-urgent defects that require shutting down the network will require connection applications to be submitted to Gold Coast Water and Waste’s Asset Audit and Handover Section for approval. Note that only Gold Coast Water and Waste are permitted to operate and shut down their networks.


  • Alisha Swain accepts Director role with Logan City Council

    about 1 month ago
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    The City of Gold Coast will sadly bid farewell to City Development Manager Alisha Swain on 1 February 2017 as she embarks on a new role as Director of Community Services with Logan City Council.

    Alisha has worked incredibly hard as Manager of City Development and leaves a legacy of professionalism and exceptional customer service for her team. She has been a huge asset to the organisation and sets an excellent standard to be maintained into the future.

    We wish her all the best for her new role.

    The City of Gold Coast will sadly bid farewell to City Development Manager Alisha Swain on 1 February 2017 as she embarks on a new role as Director of Community Services with Logan City Council.

    Alisha has worked incredibly hard as Manager of City Development and leaves a legacy of professionalism and exceptional customer service for her team. She has been a huge asset to the organisation and sets an excellent standard to be maintained into the future.

    We wish her all the best for her new role.

  • Changes to IDAS forms

    about 1 month ago
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    New versions of IDAS forms 1, 3 and 16 and IDAS checklist 4, took effect on Monday 5 December 2016 to reflect the commencement of the new referral trigger for certain development adjoining a Queensland heritage place, as well as amendments to the trigger for dams.

    The Department provided advice there is no identified grace period as there is a low risk involved for applications processed on the older version form, however Council request the industry commence using the new forms for applications lodged as of now.

    City Development Branch’s DART team have been advising the industry and customers on... Continue reading

    New versions of IDAS forms 1, 3 and 16 and IDAS checklist 4, took effect on Monday 5 December 2016 to reflect the commencement of the new referral trigger for certain development adjoining a Queensland heritage place, as well as amendments to the trigger for dams.

    The Department provided advice there is no identified grace period as there is a low risk involved for applications processed on the older version form, however Council request the industry commence using the new forms for applications lodged as of now.

    City Development Branch’s DART team have been advising the industry and customers on lodgement when the older version has been used and directing them to the new forms due to legislative requirements.

  • Lodgement of well made applications to ensure the pre-assessment process results in a properly made tick

    about 1 month ago
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    As we prepare for a busy 2017 and in order to help applicants progress through the DA process with ease, we would like to remind you that each application needs to be lodged with the mandatory supporting information.

    It is important to ensure that the application is on the approved IDAS form/s, has owner’s consent, and the appropriate fee for administering the application is allocated. Correct IDAS forms and supporting information enables the pre-assessment process to be undertaken without delay, resulting in applications being deemed properly made and progressing to the next IDAS stage of the development assessment process.

    However,... Continue reading

    As we prepare for a busy 2017 and in order to help applicants progress through the DA process with ease, we would like to remind you that each application needs to be lodged with the mandatory supporting information.

    It is important to ensure that the application is on the approved IDAS form/s, has owner’s consent, and the appropriate fee for administering the application is allocated. Correct IDAS forms and supporting information enables the pre-assessment process to be undertaken without delay, resulting in applications being deemed properly made and progressing to the next IDAS stage of the development assessment process.

    However, if your application fails to satisfy any of the requirements under Section 260 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA), and is lodged with any of the following, it will result in a 'Not Properly Made Notice' being issued to the applicant under Section 266.

      1. additional applications forms not required for the proposed application,

      2. relevant boxes not ticked or too many ticked on the application forms,

      3. a cover page being copied from previous applications therefore misleading as the information pertains to a different application,

      4. insufficient site information, inadequate information to pre-assess the application,

      5. incorrect fees or no break-down of fees or no attempt to calculate our fees and charges, and

      6. no owners consent or consent requirements as per SPA.

    The 'Not Properly Made Notice' then stalls the pre-assessment process as the applicant must take the action as mentioned in the notice within 20 business days. If the required action is not undertaken within the prescribed period, the application will lapse in accordance with Section 266(3) of SPA.


  • Updated RiskSmart kits

    about 1 month ago
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    Since the launch of the new RiskSmart kits, the City has implemented feedback suggestions and launched Version 3 for the following application types:

    • Industrial Activities;

    • Business Activities;

    • Dwelling House or Dual Occupancy with a Partial Third Storey;

    • Multiple Dwellings (Three (3) to 10 dwellings);

    • Self to Code Assessment; and

    • Reconfiguration of a Lot.

    All RiskSmart applications for these types lodged after today will require Version 3 to be attached with your application. All remaining RiskSmart kits are Version 2 October 2016. For further information, please see www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/risksmart.

    Once again, the City appreciates your feedback to enable us to continuously... Continue reading

    Since the launch of the new RiskSmart kits, the City has implemented feedback suggestions and launched Version 3 for the following application types:

    • Industrial Activities;

    • Business Activities;

    • Dwelling House or Dual Occupancy with a Partial Third Storey;

    • Multiple Dwellings (Three (3) to 10 dwellings);

    • Self to Code Assessment; and

    • Reconfiguration of a Lot.

    All RiskSmart applications for these types lodged after today will require Version 3 to be attached with your application. All remaining RiskSmart kits are Version 2 October 2016. For further information, please see www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/risksmart.

    Once again, the City appreciates your feedback to enable us to continuously improve our RiskSmart kits. If you have any feedback, please send an email to ImprovingRiskSmart@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.


  • Introducing Kelli Adair

    about 1 month ago
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    Kelli Adair is the new City Plan Coordinator within the City Planning Branch and has recently joined the City of Gold Coast after working for the last 10 years with a prominent private town planning firm on the Gold Coast. Prior to this, Kelli worked in the United Kingdom with English Partnerships to promote the Government’s growth agenda within Milton Keynes.

    Kelli has over fifteen years of experience in the planning and development industry and has built a reputation for formulating creative and robust development approval strategies for complex proposals.

    During her career, Kelli has worked on a wide range... Continue reading

    Kelli Adair is the new City Plan Coordinator within the City Planning Branch and has recently joined the City of Gold Coast after working for the last 10 years with a prominent private town planning firm on the Gold Coast. Prior to this, Kelli worked in the United Kingdom with English Partnerships to promote the Government’s growth agenda within Milton Keynes.

    Kelli has over fifteen years of experience in the planning and development industry and has built a reputation for formulating creative and robust development approval strategies for complex proposals.

    During her career, Kelli has worked on a wide range of urban development projects throughout Queensland and her key areas of interest are in master planning, coordination and preparation of significant residential development applications, project management, policy formulation and legislation. She has a particular interest in various pieces of environmental legislation and how it is practically applied.

    Kelli also enjoys travelling and spending time with her wonderful family and friends.


  • LGIP Project update

    about 1 month ago
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    The Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) project team are working to deliver a new LGIP in June 2018. The new LGIP will include the City of Gold Coast’s (City) plans for trunk infrastructure that are necessary to service urban development at the desired standard of service in a coordinated, efficient and financially sustainable manner. This will replace the planning scheme transitional LGIP, Part 4 City Plan.

    Development of the new LGIP is progressing with significant work on all elements of the plan being undertaken to date. This includes identification of a proposed Priority Infrastructure Area (PIA) boundary and costing associated... Continue reading

    The Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP) project team are working to deliver a new LGIP in June 2018. The new LGIP will include the City of Gold Coast’s (City) plans for trunk infrastructure that are necessary to service urban development at the desired standard of service in a coordinated, efficient and financially sustainable manner. This will replace the planning scheme transitional LGIP, Part 4 City Plan.

    Development of the new LGIP is progressing with significant work on all elements of the plan being undertaken to date. This includes identification of a proposed Priority Infrastructure Area (PIA) boundary and costing associated trunk infrastructure to enable Council to establish a financially sustainable trunk infrastructure plan into the future.

    A peer review of the desired standards of service has been undertaken by an external consultant to ascertain how the City compares to other local governments. After discussion with Council, we will begin road testing the draft LGIP internally and consulting with industry peak bodies early in 2017.

    For questions regarding the LGIP, please email StrategicInfrastructure@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
  • Coming soon - Plan Sealing Pre-Assessment

    about 1 month ago
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    The City of Gold Coast is committed to streamlining and improving the plan sealing process for applicants. After hosting collaborative industry workshops and an extensive pilot testing phase, we are implementing a new Plan Sealing Pre-Assessment process. The new process aims to assist in reducing assessment timeframes for Standard Format Plan applications. From 23 January 2017, new application forms will be available to apply for a Pre-Assessment for Standard Format Plan Sealing.

    The pre-assessment process will focus on providing the applicant with as much up front information as possible for lodging Standard Format Plan Sealing applications and gaining compliance with... Continue reading

    The City of Gold Coast is committed to streamlining and improving the plan sealing process for applicants. After hosting collaborative industry workshops and an extensive pilot testing phase, we are implementing a new Plan Sealing Pre-Assessment process. The new process aims to assist in reducing assessment timeframes for Standard Format Plan applications. From 23 January 2017, new application forms will be available to apply for a Pre-Assessment for Standard Format Plan Sealing.

    The pre-assessment process will focus on providing the applicant with as much up front information as possible for lodging Standard Format Plan Sealing applications and gaining compliance with conditions.

    The process involves an applicant lodging a pre-assessment request that will be reviewed by the Plan Sealing team. The Plan Sealing officer then creates a Compliance Report and lists all of the conditions of approval. The report is forwarded to the applicant along with an Infrastructure Contributions quote and any other outstanding issues that may hold up compliance with Plan Sealing. Contact details for the applicant to clarify any technical matters with the Internal Referrals will also be provided. The applicant records how they achieve compliance with each applicable condition on the Compliance report, then within 30 business days submits the completed Compliance report with the Standard Format Plan Sealing Application.

    If you submit an application with all information identified in the Pre-Assessment, the City commits to providing a decision within 10 business days.

    You are invited to attend an industry overview training session to help you prepare Pre-Assessment applications to the City. The session will be held on Tuesday 24 January 2017.

    Places are strictly limited, to register your interest, email your details to infrastructurecompliance@goldcoast.qld.gov.au before 16 December 2016.

    For further information please visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/plansealing


  • Leah Lang appointed to role of City Architect

    2 months ago
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    Leah Lang has been appointed to the role of City Architect. Leah has spent the last 18 months working in our Office of City Architect, including six months as acting City Architect. During that time she has been involved in policy development; development approval assessments; master planning design advice on City projects including the Pimpama Aquatic Centre and Botanical Gardens; design review on some of the 2018 Commonwealth Games venues and the proposed Green Bridge for our Cultural Precinct; and developing colour schemes for City assets.

    Other highlights of Leah’s career include seven years working in her own architectural practice... Continue reading

    Leah Lang has been appointed to the role of City Architect. Leah has spent the last 18 months working in our Office of City Architect, including six months as acting City Architect. During that time she has been involved in policy development; development approval assessments; master planning design advice on City projects including the Pimpama Aquatic Centre and Botanical Gardens; design review on some of the 2018 Commonwealth Games venues and the proposed Green Bridge for our Cultural Precinct; and developing colour schemes for City assets.

    Other highlights of Leah’s career include seven years working in her own architectural practice and 15 months as tutor and guest lecturer at Bond University to help establish the inaugural year of its Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

    Leah holds a Bachelor of Built Environment / Bachelor Architecture (Hons) from the Queensland University of Technology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and member of the UDIA – Growth and Sustainability Committee.


  • All-new RiskSmart kits available online

    2 months ago
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    The updated and refreshed interactive PDF and Word versions of the new RiskSmart kits are now available online.

    Since their successful launch on 31 October positive feedback has been received with 10 applications lodged using the new RiskSmart kits. .

    The new features include:


    • All internal referrals have been allocated consistent “Sections” within each RiskSmart Kit.

    • The applicant will now detail the proposal at the beginning of each RiskSmart Kit.

    • Non-compliances with Acceptable Outcomes in the City Plan will be noted, justified and detailed in the final Section of each kit.

    • Applicants can now click on web... Continue reading


    The updated and refreshed interactive PDF and Word versions of the new RiskSmart kits are now available online.

    Since their successful launch on 31 October positive feedback has been received with 10 applications lodged using the new RiskSmart kits. .

    The new features include:


    • All internal referrals have been allocated consistent “Sections” within each RiskSmart Kit.

    • The applicant will now detail the proposal at the beginning of each RiskSmart Kit.

    • Non-compliances with Acceptable Outcomes in the City Plan will be noted, justified and detailed in the final Section of each kit.

    • Applicants can now click on web links for relevant material.

    • As a result of internal and external feedback additional questions have been included in the RiskSmart Self-to-Code kit.

    • All new RiskSmart lodgement information page.

    The City appreciates all feedback and will be undertaking some minor improvement amendments in the future

    View the new RiskSmart kits here