City of Gold Coast Planning and Development Hub

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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 stay up to date on planning and development matters, sign up to our Planning and Development alerts.


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 stay up to date on planning and development matters, sign up to our Planning and Development alerts.


  • Interactive mapping updated to include new draft Flood overlay maps

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    13 Mar 2018
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    The City’s online Interactive map viewer has been updated to include flood planning levels and depth of inundation from the new draft Flood overlay maps (draft maps) recently exhibited as part of Major Update 1.

    The draft maps were developed utilising the latest topographic, land use, technological, hydrological data as well as the latest State Government and Council policies. The draft maps consider future changes to climate by incorporating the following State Government mandated parameters:

    • a projected increase in sea level of 0.8m above present day levels by the year 2100

    • a 10% increase in storm tide intensity.

    A 10% increase in rainfall intensity is also included following the advice of the city’s development industry.

    The existing Flood overlay maps and draft maps identify properties potentially affected by a designated flood event (1% Annual Exceedance Probability).

    For information only. A flood search report is recommended.

    City Plan maps
  • Council’s response to City Plan Major Update 1 & 1B submissions

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    13 Mar 2018
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    Public notification of City Plan Major Update 1 & 1B closed on 15 November 2017. Council received 78 submissions which resulted in 189 points of submission.

    Our response to submissions and subsequent changes to the update packages were endorsed by full Council on 27 February 2018 and sent to the Minister for approval to adopt.

    A report outlining Council’s response to each submission is now available to be viewed online.

    Please note: This does not include submission made on Major Update to City Plan Policies (Sch 6) which is proposed be presented to Council in April 2018.

    View report
  • Industry survey: City Plan Reconfiguring of a Lot (ROL) Development Code

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    27 Feb 2018
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    The City is currently reviewing City Plan’s Reconfiguring a Lot Code so that all outcomes relating to reconfiguring a lot are updated to include contemporary and best practice subdivision outcomes for a range of subdivision types.

    Input from the development industry by participating in our survey will help the City understand the challenges and identify opportunities in the assessment of reconfiguring a lot applications to ensure that the future planning and growth of the City achieves world class outcomes.

    Please take this short survey by COB Friday 9 March.
    Enquiries: City Plan Feedback

    Take survey
  • City of Gold Coast Open Data Portal

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    13 Mar 2018
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    The City of Gold Coast's Data Portal provides access to all of our published open data. You can view different types of datasets including council administration, planning and building, transport environment, parks and recreation, stormwater, water and sewer, and interactive mapping.

    This is a great opportunity to make new discoveries, create applications, establish research programs, start new businesses and assist with improving government service delivery.

    View it, map it, style it, chart it, download it or share it. How you use it is up to you.

    Visit portal


  • Short-term accommodation arrangements during Commonwealth Games period

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    05 Feb 2018
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    In the majority of cases short-term accommodation such as Airbnb and Stayz, requires a development approval from Council in order to operate lawfully under the City Plan.

    Persons who operate or use their residential properties for the purpose of short-term accommodation without a required development permit commit a development offence under the Planning Act, for which Council may take enforcement action.

    Any complaints received by Council in the lead up to, during and after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be actioned appropriately.

  • Temporary Local Planning Instrument No.5 (Minimum Land Above Designated Flood Level and Residential Risk Reduction)

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    05 Feb 2018
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    The proposed Temporary Local Planning Instrument No.5 (Minimum Land Above Designated Flood Level and Residential Risk Reduction) 2017 was sent to the Minister for consideration in December 2017.

    As the proposed TLPI No.5 is under consideration, it is not currently in effect.

    Council has requested an earlier commencement date of 8 December 2017, however, this earlier commencement date is not in effect until there is a decision by the Minister and Council to adopt the proposed TLPI.

    More information is available on the City’s website.
  • Planning Assessment team updates

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    05 Feb 2018
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    Planning Enquiries Centre

    General enquiries about the planning scheme and lodging applications.

    Supervisor: Germaine Ragg

    Planning North Team

    Assessment of Material Change of Use and Reconfiguration of a Lot development applications for divisions 1–5.

    Supervisors: Broc Smith and Richard Webber

    Central Team

    Assessment of Material Change of Use and Reconfiguration of a Lot development applications for divisions 6–8 and 10.

    Supervisor: Andrew Powell

    Planning South Team

    Assessment of Material Change of Use and Reconfiguration of a Lot development applications for divisions 9, and 11–14.

    Supervisor: Adam Brown

    Fast Track Team

    Assessment of Risksmart applications for Material Change of Use and Reconfiguration of a Lot development applications as well as Referral Agency Assessment applications, Accepted Subject to Requirement development status and Generally in Accordance applications.

    Supervisor: Wiremu Cherrington

    Citywide Team

    Supports the daily running of the Planning Assessment Teams including pre-lodgement meetings, Councillor Requests, Planning Advisor to Development Assessment Review Team (DART), and Special Delegations Co-ordinator.

    Supervisor: Emma McGregor

    Information about council divisions can be found on the City’s website.

  • City Planning staff movements

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    05 Feb 2018
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    Kelli Adair has been appointed Executive Coordinator of City and Regional Planning. From 1 February 2018 she will be Acting Manager City Planning until Amanda Tzannes returns to the role once a new Director is appointed. During this period Nicole Bennetts will be Acting Executive Coordinator of City and Regional Planning.

  • Temporary Local Planning Instrument No 4 (Party houses)

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    05 Feb 2018
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    The City resolved to adopt Temporary Local Planning Instrument No.4 (Party houses) which commenced on 2 February 2018. TLPI No.4 contains the same provisions and regulations as the previous version. The TLPI provisions have been incorporated into a City Plan update with the intention of providing ongoing regulation. TLPI No. 4 is a temporary instrument until City Plan is amended through the statutory process.

    More information is available on the City's website.

  • Water and sewer shutdowns during Commonwealth Games period 1 March–15 April 2018

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    05 Feb 2018
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    From 1 March 2018 to 15 April 2018, applications for water and sewer shutdowns may be restricted and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The City’s water and sewerage network control personnel will be prioritising matters related to the Commonwealth Games during this period. As a result, the availability of officers to provide shut-down services to facilitate final connections across the city will be severely limited.

    During this period, the City requests that developers, consultants and contractors program their works accordingly to avoid delays within their developments.

    The City apologises for any inconvenience caused, and thanks you for your patience during this important event for the city and our community.

    More information is available on the City's website.