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
  • 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
  • news.
To become a member of this important hub, please click on 'register to get involved' now.


  • Have your say on significant changes to Our City Our Plan

    17 days ago
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    We recently asked for your feedback on Our City Our Plan to help shape the future of the Gold Coast.

    We received 1203 submissions, totalling 14,399 points, during the consultation period from 27 September – 11 November 2019.

    We have assessed submissions and are proposing significantly different changes to 11 of the 34 items.

    These changes are in relation to:

    · Items 1&2 - Building height overlay map and new building height categories

    · Item 3 - New Low-medium density residential zone

    · Item 9 - Built form improvements

    · Item 11 - Existing Light rail urban renewal area overlay...

    We recently asked for your feedback on Our City Our Plan to help shape the future of the Gold Coast.

    We received 1203 submissions, totalling 14,399 points, during the consultation period from 27 September – 11 November 2019.

    We have assessed submissions and are proposing significantly different changes to 11 of the 34 items.

    These changes are in relation to:

    · Items 1&2 - Building height overlay map and new building height categories

    · Item 3 - New Low-medium density residential zone

    · Item 9 - Built form improvements

    · Item 11 - Existing Light rail urban renewal area overlay map

    · Item 14 -Driveways and vehicle crossings update

    · Item 15 - Targeted growth areas

    · Item 16 - Urban expansion: Upper Coomera Investigation area

    · Item 20 - Neighbourhood centre improvements

    · Item 22 - Environmental mapping

    · Item 23 - Rural and Rural residential landscape and environment precinct

    · Item 26 - Community infrastructure – interface areas

    Consultation runs until 12 February 2020.

    For more information visit: gchaveyoursay.com.au/ourcityourplan


  • Pre-lodgement meeting service update

    17 days ago
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    It has been a year since the new Pre-lodgement meeting serviced has commenced. In this time we have conducted 285 Pre-lodgement meetings.

    For those of you whom regularly use this service, you will be familiar with our dedicated Technical Pre-lodgement Meeting officer – Amanda Antcliff.

    Throughout the past year Amanda has worked with applicants and the City’s officers to ensure the information provided for a Pre-lodgement meeting is a high standard, to enable our officers to provide structured and considered responses. Amanda will continue to work with you all to maintain this consistent standard.

    The purpose of the Pre-lodgement meeting...

    It has been a year since the new Pre-lodgement meeting serviced has commenced. In this time we have conducted 285 Pre-lodgement meetings.

    For those of you whom regularly use this service, you will be familiar with our dedicated Technical Pre-lodgement Meeting officer – Amanda Antcliff.

    Throughout the past year Amanda has worked with applicants and the City’s officers to ensure the information provided for a Pre-lodgement meeting is a high standard, to enable our officers to provide structured and considered responses. Amanda will continue to work with you all to maintain this consistent standard.

    The purpose of the Pre-lodgement meeting is to provide applicants and our officers an opportunity to discuss the issues identified within the applicants agenda questions. As a reminder, well-structured agenda questions give our officers better direction in considering your request, resulting in more accurate discussions and advice. If needed, download the guide to structuring agenda questions to give you an understanding on the City’s expectations in this space.

    Our officers understand proposals at the pre-lodgement stage are generally preliminary and likely to continue to change as the proposal advances, in particular after the pre-lodgement request is submitted and before the meeting. Every effort will be made to accommodate changes; however, it is advisable to submit all your material with your application request. Officers do need suitable time to sufficiently review and provide informed comments. In some instances, meetings may have to be re-arranged to accommodate sufficient time for further review.

    Meeting minutes create an official record capturing all relevant points of discussion and actions taken within the meeting. The content of the live minutes is agreed to by all stakeholders at the meeting, and any additional items raised are investigated and actioned as soon as possible. The introduction of live meeting minutes has proven very beneficial to all stakeholders and we are receiving positive feedback on this.

    It is also pleasing to see most of the development industry utilising the dedicated section within the meeting minutes for applicants to provide a response on how they have addressed items detailed within the meeting minutes. We will continue to encourage this practice to include a response as part of your development application submission.

    What’s New?

    Council’s online application system now has the option to pay now or pay later (invoice issued) for the Pre-lodgement meetings.

    Applicants have two ways to lodge a pre-lodgement meeting request:

    Email: Applications are accepted via email to townplanningmeeting@goldcoast.qld.gov.au (External link) and should contain the City’s Pre-lodgement Meeting application form, drawings, plans and any supporting documents required. This option is available for applicants who wish to receive an invoice from the City for payment of their application fees to be made later and not immediately at the time of lodgement of the request. Payment of fees needs to occur before the pre-lodgement meeting is scheduled.

    E-Services: City’s online application form. All documents can be submitted directly to the City via an online portal. As mentioned above this service now contains a pay now or pay later option.

    We are seeking your feedback

    The Pre-lodgement team welcomes and appreciates feedback from all stakeholders. Your feedback will ensure Pre-lodgement meetings continue to add value to the development assessment process.

    If you have any questions regarding the Pre-lodgement meeting service please contact either Amanda Antcliff on telephone 07 55828956 or Di Kling on telephone 07 5582 8415.


  • Significant changes to Our City Our Plan on notification January 2020

    about 1 month ago
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    We recently asked for your feedback on Our City Our Plan to help shape the future of the Gold Coast.

    We received 1203 submissions, totalling 14,399 points, during the consultation period from 27 September – 11 November 2019.

    We have assessed submissions and are proposing further changes through a second round of consultation.

    Council has endorsed the significantly different changes that aim to balance feedback received with the need to responsible manage and plan for growth.

    Consultation will run until 12 February 2020.

    For more information visit: gchaveyoursay.com.au/ourcityourplan


    We recently asked for your feedback on Our City Our Plan to help shape the future of the Gold Coast.

    We received 1203 submissions, totalling 14,399 points, during the consultation period from 27 September – 11 November 2019.

    We have assessed submissions and are proposing further changes through a second round of consultation.

    Council has endorsed the significantly different changes that aim to balance feedback received with the need to responsible manage and plan for growth.

    Consultation will run until 12 February 2020.

    For more information visit: gchaveyoursay.com.au/ourcityourplan


  • Currumbin information session for Our City Our Plan postponed

    about 1 month ago
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    Councillors at a Special Council meeting today resolved to postpone the ‘Town Hall’ meeting in the Southern Gold Coast planned for 10am on Sunday 15 December at Currumbin RSL.

    The decision was made to ensure Cr Daphne McDonald could be in attendance alongside Cr Gail O’Neill.

    The City remains committed to holding this event; however, due to the Christmas period, it will be rescheduled to a suitable time during the second round of consultation in January 2020. The meeting will be scheduled to allow enough time for residents to make a submission on the significantly different...

    Councillors at a Special Council meeting today resolved to postpone the ‘Town Hall’ meeting in the Southern Gold Coast planned for 10am on Sunday 15 December at Currumbin RSL.

    The decision was made to ensure Cr Daphne McDonald could be in attendance alongside Cr Gail O’Neill.

    The City remains committed to holding this event; however, due to the Christmas period, it will be rescheduled to a suitable time during the second round of consultation in January 2020. The meeting will be scheduled to allow enough time for residents to make a submission on the significantly different changes following the meeting.

    For more information visit: gchaveyoursay.com.au/ourcityourplan


  • Information sessions: Our City Our Plan - responding to feedback

    about 1 month ago
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    We will be holding two community information sessions about how we're responding to the community's feedback from the initial round of public consultation for Our City Our Plan.

    These sessions will be in addition to the talk-to-a-planner sessions planned as part of the second round of public consultation in early 2020.

    Event details:

    • Labrador Senior Citizens Club, 370 Marine Parade - Monday 16 December, 6pm - 8pm
    The Currumbin information session has been postponed and will be rescheduled during the second round of public consultation in January 2020.

    RSVP is essential - cityplan@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

    We will be holding two community information sessions about how we're responding to the community's feedback from the initial round of public consultation for Our City Our Plan.

    These sessions will be in addition to the talk-to-a-planner sessions planned as part of the second round of public consultation in early 2020.

    Event details:

    • Labrador Senior Citizens Club, 370 Marine Parade - Monday 16 December, 6pm - 8pm
    The Currumbin information session has been postponed and will be rescheduled during the second round of public consultation in January 2020.

    RSVP is essential - cityplan@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
  • Interim approach for small scale developments at risk of isolation due to flood

    about 2 months ago
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    An interim approach has been developed to assist small scale developments in relation to a practical approach to managing flood free access.

    This interim approach can be utilised as guidance material to provide one option for an applicant to propose, in order to achieve compliance with City Plan Flood overlay code PO11, where a development does not supply flood free access, until the Flood overlay code is reviewed and takes effect in the City Plan.

    Download the factsheet

    An interim approach has been developed to assist small scale developments in relation to a practical approach to managing flood free access.

    This interim approach can be utilised as guidance material to provide one option for an applicant to propose, in order to achieve compliance with City Plan Flood overlay code PO11, where a development does not supply flood free access, until the Flood overlay code is reviewed and takes effect in the City Plan.

    Download the factsheet

  • Gold Coast Open House back ready to open its doors

    3 months ago
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    On Saturday 19 October, the fifth annual Gold Coast Open House opens the doors of interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations, inviting the public to take a behind the scenes look at places they may have only glimpsed from the street.

    Gold Coast Open House unlocks buildings, places and spaces right across the city, from heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, public utilities and workplaces that reflect our city’s unique architecture and urban design.

    Famous for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, the...


    On Saturday 19 October, the fifth annual Gold Coast Open House opens the doors of interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations, inviting the public to take a behind the scenes look at places they may have only glimpsed from the street.

    Gold Coast Open House unlocks buildings, places and spaces right across the city, from heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, public utilities and workplaces that reflect our city’s unique architecture and urban design.

    Famous for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, the Gold Coast has a varied and unique stock of buildings and places in comparison with many other major Australian cities. The buildings included in the program each year show a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast, with some buildings dating back to the late 1800s, early 1900s, through to cutting-edge design of recent years by some of the Gold Coast’s leading architects.

    Gold Coast Open House is a free event for young and old. Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to explore these urban spaces and learn more about the Gold Coast, its history and future aspirations—and how architecture and design have contributed to the city we know today.

    Attendance at some Gold Coast Open House buildings require pre-registration for guided tours.

    View the 2019 program and register at goldcoastopenhouse.com.au

  • Update to plumbing and drainage terminology and fees

    3 months ago
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    On the 27 September Council endorsed the adjustment of wording within the plumbing and drainage schedule of fees and charges to match terminology used within the new plumbing and drainage legislation as well as adjusting three (3) fees to maintain consistency across the application types.

    The differences you will notice include:

    • Plumbing Applications – Dwelling Only – Class 1&10 Buildings – Sewered has been reclassified as Plumbing Applications - Fast Track Permit Application
    • Plumbing Applications – Dwelling Only – Class 1&10 Buildings – Unsewered has been reclassified as Plumbing Applications – Permit Work – Class 1&10 Buildings – Unsewered
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    On the 27 September Council endorsed the adjustment of wording within the plumbing and drainage schedule of fees and charges to match terminology used within the new plumbing and drainage legislation as well as adjusting three (3) fees to maintain consistency across the application types.

    The differences you will notice include:

    • Plumbing Applications – Dwelling Only – Class 1&10 Buildings – Sewered has been reclassified as Plumbing Applications - Fast Track Permit Application
    • Plumbing Applications – Dwelling Only – Class 1&10 Buildings – Unsewered has been reclassified as Plumbing Applications – Permit Work – Class 1&10 Buildings – Unsewered
    • Plumbing Applications – Commercial Only – Class 2-9 Buildings – Sewered has been reclassified as Plumbing Applications – Permit Work – All Building Classes – Sewered
    • Plumbing Applications – Commercial Only – Class 2-9 Buildings – Unsewered has been reclassified as Plumbing Applications – Permit Work – Class 2-9 Buildings – Unsewered.
    Additionally, the following fees have increased to reduce confusion and maintain consistency across all application types:
    • Residential – Sewered – Inspection Fees from $109.00 to $112.00
    • Residential – Sewered – Testable Backflow Prevention Device – Inspection Fee from $109.00 to $112.00
    • Residential – Unsewered – Amended Plans Assessment and Inspection Fees from $111.00 to $112.00.
    We anticipate the changes will come into effect within the next few weeks once Council’s application management system has been updated by our system administrator.

  • Our City Our Plan consultation period extended

    3 months ago
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    Due to the significant amount of interest and feedback received from our community, we’re extending the Our City Our Plan consultation period to 11 November 2019.

    You are encouraged to have your say on proposed amendments to help shape the future of the Gold Coast.


    Due to the significant amount of interest and feedback received from our community, we’re extending the Our City Our Plan consultation period to 11 November 2019.

    You are encouraged to have your say on proposed amendments to help shape the future of the Gold Coast.

  • City Building Seminar - October 2019

    4 months ago
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    What if we built the Gold Coast around places

    Ethan Kent, Co-Director of PlaceMakingX and Senior Fellow of Project for Public Spaces, New York

    The vision of PlaceMakingX is to make the spaces we live into places we love.

    To create a thriving, equitable and sustainable world through the convergence of values, passion and action around our public spaces.

    Ethan will present how various (sometimes unlikely) pieces fit together to create a great public destination and demonstrate how placemaking is a process, not an outcome.


    Ethan Kent's Bio

    Senior Vice President

    Ethan...


    What if we built the Gold Coast around places

    Ethan Kent, Co-Director of PlaceMakingX and Senior Fellow of Project for Public Spaces, New York

    The vision of PlaceMakingX is to make the spaces we live into places we love.

    To create a thriving, equitable and sustainable world through the convergence of values, passion and action around our public spaces.

    Ethan will present how various (sometimes unlikely) pieces fit together to create a great public destination and demonstrate how placemaking is a process, not an outcome.


    Ethan Kent's Bio

    Senior Vice President

    Ethan Kent works to support Placemaking organisations, projects, and leadership around the world, to build a global placemaking movement to build systemic change towards place-led urbanization.

    Over 20 years at Project for Public Spaces (PPS), Ethan has travelled to more than 900 cities and 60 countries to advance the cause of placemaking and public spaces.

    Ethan has been integral to the development of placemaking as a transformative approach to economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance, resilience, social equity design, digital space and innovation.

    Having worked on over 200 PPS projects, Ethan has led a broad spectrum of placemaking efforts, providing comprehensive public engagement, user-analysis, planning and visioning for high profile public spaces on six continents.


    Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

    Time: 12:30pm presentation

    Venue: HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

    Details: Car parking available onsite

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au