Getting ready for the new Express Development Application service

The City of Gold Coast (City) is introducing a new fast track service, called Express Development Application (Express DA). Express DA will commence on the 27 October 2020 and replace the existing RiskSmart service.

Who can lodge an Express DA?

Anyone can lodge an Express DA provided they are an eligible application. This may include owners, planning consultants or agents acting on behalf of the owner.

It is recommended (not required) a planning consultant be engaged to assist with the preparation of an Express DA and provide ongoing support throughout the process.


As part of the City’s economic support during COVID-19, the City is offering a 50 per cent discount on Express DAs for 12 months (from 27 October 2020 to 27 October 2021).

This includes a 50 per cent reduction to the regular land use fee.

Application fees will vary depending on the land use and application type. More information on fees for all land uses and application types can be found on the City’s website.

What is Express DA?

An Express DA is a service provided by the City to fast track assessment of low complexity development applications. The Express DA process includes an early review of your application prior to formal lodgement and allows City officers to work directly with you to ensure the application meets the outcomes of the City Plan to allow for a more efficient application process once lodged.

What applications are accepted as Express DA?

Information on eligible application types for the Express DA will be found in the Applicant Guidelines which is currently being finalised. In the meantime, you can read the endorsed Council Report.

The Express DA’s Applicant guidelines will assist you to navigate through the application and will provide detailed information on the full process.

More information about the Express DAs process will be available on the City of Gold Coast website.

You are advised to submit RiskSmart applications under the current system prior to Monday 27 October.

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