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.
  • Introducing Kelli Adair

    3 days 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

    3 days 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

    4 days 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

    19 days 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

    20 days 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

  • Are your works notifiable per the guidelines for working near water and sewer infrastructure?

    24 days ago
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    As our roads become increasingly congested, construction works are more frequently occurring around City of Gold Coast (City) water and sewer infrastructure.

    Due to this projected population growth, a new set of guidelines is now required to control how any construction works may affect City infrastructure.

    The Guidelines for working near water and sewer infrastructure (Guidelines) have been developed to assist stakeholders (i.e. contractors, supervisors, project managers, designers, etc.) when undertaking works near City water and sewer infrastructure to ensure that the infrastructure is protected.

    This guide was created in collaboration with the SEQ Design and Construction Code (SEQ Code)... Continue reading

    As our roads become increasingly congested, construction works are more frequently occurring around City of Gold Coast (City) water and sewer infrastructure.

    Due to this projected population growth, a new set of guidelines is now required to control how any construction works may affect City infrastructure.

    The Guidelines for working near water and sewer infrastructure (Guidelines) have been developed to assist stakeholders (i.e. contractors, supervisors, project managers, designers, etc.) when undertaking works near City water and sewer infrastructure to ensure that the infrastructure is protected.

    This guide was created in collaboration with the SEQ Design and Construction Code (SEQ Code) and the Gold Coast Water Network Modifications, Extension and Connections (NMEC) Policy Procedure.

    To access the Guidelines document, please click here or select from the Document Library. Also within the Document Library is a fact sheet which provides an overview of the Guidelines.

    To share your feedback on the Guidelines, or if you have a question, please use our survey form.

    For further information, please contact Nathan Pearson at Gold Coast Water and Waste (07 5582 8145).




  • Water and Waste working together

    27 days ago
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    The City of Gold Coast is pleased to announce the merger of Gold Coast Water with the City Waste and Resources Management team, into a newly formed directorate called “Gold Coast Water and Waste”.

    This new entity brings together like-services, reducing administration costs to ratepayers and providing the community with a one-stop-shop for water and waste utilities.

    Gold Coast Water and Waste is responsible for providing safe drinking water supplies and sewage collection, treatment, reuse and disposal. Solid waste, recycling and green waste kerbside collection, infrastructure, operation of waste and recycling centres and resource recovery are managed by this team,... Continue reading

    The City of Gold Coast is pleased to announce the merger of Gold Coast Water with the City Waste and Resources Management team, into a newly formed directorate called “Gold Coast Water and Waste”.

    This new entity brings together like-services, reducing administration costs to ratepayers and providing the community with a one-stop-shop for water and waste utilities.

    Gold Coast Water and Waste is responsible for providing safe drinking water supplies and sewage collection, treatment, reuse and disposal. Solid waste, recycling and green waste kerbside collection, infrastructure, operation of waste and recycling centres and resource recovery are managed by this team, which is also responsible for sustainable management of our aquatic, riverine and marine ecosystems, keeping our catchments and waterways healthy and resilient to change.

    Our customers will continue to enjoy the same high quality of service without interruption.

    Visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au for more information on water and waste services.


  • City funding delivered to landholders for ecological restoration projects

    about 1 month ago
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    As part of the City of Gold Coast’s Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP) 14 local landholders will receive funding grants in the 2016/17 financial year, to assist with undertaking restoration projects on their properties.

    With over half the city’s native vegetation located on private land, landholders play a crucial role in managing and protecting the city’s natural assets.

    The NCAP is offered annually and provides assistance to private landholders undertaking projects which contribute to the enhancement and protection of the City’s natural assets, biodiversity areas, and the long term viability of the citywide conservation network.

    Through the NCAP, landholders can... Continue reading

    As part of the City of Gold Coast’s Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP) 14 local landholders will receive funding grants in the 2016/17 financial year, to assist with undertaking restoration projects on their properties.

    With over half the city’s native vegetation located on private land, landholders play a crucial role in managing and protecting the city’s natural assets.

    The NCAP is offered annually and provides assistance to private landholders undertaking projects which contribute to the enhancement and protection of the City’s natural assets, biodiversity areas, and the long term viability of the citywide conservation network.

    Through the NCAP, landholders can apply for assistance to carry out natural resource management activities such as:

    • environmental weed control and bush regeneration to rehabilitate areas of native vegetation back to their natural condition

    • planting of local native tubestock for the purpose of rehabilitating a degraded area unlikely to naturally regenerate; establishing vegetation corridors; and rehabilitating the banks of natural waterways to reduce sediment run-off, provide erosion control and increase waterway health

    • installation of wildlife-friendly fencing to restrict stock access to ecologically significant areas (for example waterways or intact remnant vegetation). The area being protected from stock must be restored in conjunction with fencing.

    The NCAP is now in its fifth year and complements the City’s Conservation Partnerships Program (CPP), which offers a range of initiatives to assist property owners in protecting and managing native vegetation and wildlife habitat. To learn more about the NCAP and how you can get involved go to www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/ncap


  • Changes to RiskSmart applications and Fast Tracking applications website

    about 1 month ago
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    On Monday 31 October the City of Gold Coast will launch improved RiskSmart Kits for standard code assessable and self-to-code applications. All RiskSmart applications after this date will require the new kit as part of application lodgement.

    To access the new RiskSmart Kits, please visit the Fast Tracking Applications web page from Monday 31 October 2016.

    An updated Fast Tracking applications website will improve access to lodgement, types of Fast Tracking applications and location of RiskSmart Kits and forms.


    On Monday 31 October the City of Gold Coast will launch improved RiskSmart Kits for standard code assessable and self-to-code applications. All RiskSmart applications after this date will require the new kit as part of application lodgement.

    To access the new RiskSmart Kits, please visit the Fast Tracking Applications web page from Monday 31 October 2016.

    An updated Fast Tracking applications website will improve access to lodgement, types of Fast Tracking applications and location of RiskSmart Kits and forms.


  • Personnel Qualifications – certification clarification for water and sewerage civil construction

    about 1 month ago
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    Personnel Qualifications – certification clarification for water and sewerage civil construction

    Attention Developers, contractors and engineering consultants. Please be advised as of 1 January 2017, anyone working on Gold Coast Water (GCW) assets will require additional proof of certification for the installation of water and sewerage civil assets.

    Each person carrying out and supervising sewerage construction activities must hold minimum qualifications appropriate to the work undertaken and the specific pipeline under construction (e.g. polyethylene, PVC, mild steel).

    With respect to water supply construction activity, at least one person on site must have completed a pipe laying training course appropriate to... Continue reading

    Personnel Qualifications – certification clarification for water and sewerage civil construction

    Attention Developers, contractors and engineering consultants. Please be advised as of 1 January 2017, anyone working on Gold Coast Water (GCW) assets will require additional proof of certification for the installation of water and sewerage civil assets.

    Each person carrying out and supervising sewerage construction activities must hold minimum qualifications appropriate to the work undertaken and the specific pipeline under construction (e.g. polyethylene, PVC, mild steel).

    With respect to water supply construction activity, at least one person on site must have completed a pipe laying training course appropriate to the pipeline under construction. This training course must have been completed within the last 10 years.

    This certification clarification is to ensure conformance with Section 12.2 of the Sewerage SEQ Design and Construction Code and Section 11.1.1 of the Water Supply SEQ Design and Construction Code.

    Minimum qualifications refer to Statements of Attainment for Units of Competence, as nominated by GCW, from any of the following or other relevant, approved training packages:

    • Water Industry National Training Package NWP01

    • Local Government Training Package LGA00

    • Civil Construction Training Package BCC98

    The completion of the units ‘RIICPL303D – Install Sewer Pipelines’ and ‘RIICPL301D – Install Water Mains Pipelines’, part of RII30913 – Certificate III in Civil Construction Pipe Laying, would ensure compliance with the Sewerage SEQ Design and Construction Code with respect to all facets for the installation of rubber ring jointed water supply and sewerage reticulation. ‘Civil Train (the Civil Contractors Federations’ Training Division) offers these units, among other registered training institutions.’

    For the provision of training or assessment services as required, approved registered training institutions are those listed by the National Training Information Service at www.ntis.gov.au.

    Specialist accreditation, such as the laying and jointing of polyethylene pipe or welding of mild steel pipe, shall mean a qualification achieved through specialised training and assessment for a specific product and/or situation that is not covered by relevant Training Packages.

    The contractor will need to provide documented evidence of such qualifications prior to commencement of the works. All relevant staff licenses, tickets and works permits must be held in a visible location and readily available on site of the works for inspection at any time. GCW reserves the right to determine whether a contractor is licensed to undertake certain works.

    The Project Manager is responsible for ensuring all suppliers have the necessary technical qualifications / accreditation.

    GCW is committed to ensuring our customers are satisfied with the quality, safety and compliance of our assets within the City of Gold Coast. To ensure we are delivering on our commitment, a high level of detailed investigation surrounding the construction and inspection of our assets is important.

    For more information, please contact Kerim Sijercic at GCW (07 5582 8386).