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.


  • City Plan Version 8

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    City Plan Version 8 commences on Tuesday 15 December 2020 and incorporates four amendments:

    • The Spit Master Plan implementation (key development sites) amendment
    • The Spit Master Plan implementation administrative amendment
    • City Plan Update – New Communities (Eggersdorf Road, Ormeau)
    • Minor and Administrative amendment 7

    As of Tuesday 15 December 2020, City Plan Version 8, as well as Superseded and Historic versions of City Plan, will be available via ePlan - cityplan.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/eplan/

  • Amended land use and administrative definitions to align with regulated requirements

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    In November 2019, the Planning Regulation 2017 was amended so that the ‘regulated requirements’ prevail over the City Plan.

    City Plan Version 8 includes amended land use and administrative definitions to align with the regulated requirements.

    View amendment

  • Downloading and printing City Plan code templates

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    ePlan allows for downloading and printing the City Plan code templates from within the viewer.

    Note: Code templates are available as MS Word documents and are applicable only for Part 6 Zone codes, Part 8 Overlay codes and Part 9 Development codes.

    To access a code template:

    1. Select the applicable City Plan section from the navigation panel on the left.


    2. Click 'Print' from the menu at the top of page. Select ‘Code Compliance’.


    3. Depending on which browser you are using, you will be prompted to either save or open the document. You can then select a printing device or save the document as MS Word.

  • Superseded and Historic versions of City Plan available within ePlan

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    As of Tuesday 15 December 2020, superseded and historic versions of the City Plan will be available via ePlan - cityplan.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/eplan/

    By default, the ePlan will always display the most current version of the City Plan. To display a superseded or historic version:

    1. Select the ‘Change’ button.

    2. A ‘Change version’ screen will open, displaying all the available versions. Select the version that you wish to display. Note: Versions 1-6 are available in PDF format only.

    3. The selected version will display in the ePlan viewer and can be navigated via the navigation panel.

    4. Repeat steps (1) and (2) to change to a different version.

  • Express Development Application

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    The City of Gold Coast (City) has introduced a new fast-track service, Express Development Application (Express DA). Express DA commenced on the 27 October 2020 and replaces the existing RiskSmart service.

    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.

    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.

    Cost?

    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 applications are accepted as Express DA?

    Information on eligible application types for the Express DA will be found in the Applicant Guidelines. which 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. Click here.

  • Work from home survey | Have your say

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    We are inviting Gold Coast residents who are working from home to share their experiences and participate in an online survey.

    The survey seeks to gather data on how home based workers’ go about their daily activities and how this new way of working may impact the city, our traffic and demand for local services and open space.

    The survey is part of the Productive Gold Coast project. The purpose of this project is to gather data on employment trends across the City, their nature, how they are changing, and how this change should be recognised and optimised through robust City Plan provisions.

    This project is more important than ever as people continue to work from home during COVID-19. The findings will contribute to how we need to adapt and allow for a diverse, innovative and localised economy to rebuild.

    Have your say by visiting gchaveyoursay.com.au/productive

    The survey is opened to all Gold Coast residents over the aged of 18 who work from home at least one day a week.

    The survey is open from 15 October 2020.

  • Gold Coast Open House 2020 | 17-18 October

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    The City of Gold Coast (City) is proud to once again support Gold Coast Open House (2020 GCOH).

    In its sixth year, Gold Coast Open House unlocks the doors to buildings and places not usually open to the public.

    The Open House mission is to engage visitors in dialogue about the value of on the Gold Coast and generously share this knowledge by making buildings, places and spaces accessible to the public free of charge.

    This year’s Open House event will be delivered virtually, giving you more access than ever before.

    The event will feature:

    • a series of short on-line armchair video tours of iconic award winning houses narrated by local architects

    • live stream tour event on each day at one of our special showcase venues

    • a series of short videos produced by Griffith University and Bond University students showcasing a number of selected iconic award winning buildings around the city with their unique perspective and a series of short videos showcasing the evolution and behind the scenes tours of places like HOTA and the Tugun Desalination Plant.

    Please join Gold Coast Open House online, via their website, Facebook or Instagram for a virtual 2020 GCOH weekend.

  • Register now for Gold Coast Business Week Online

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    How can we work together to adapt, reset and grow in a changing world? This is the theme for Gold Coast Business Week Online (GCBW20).

    In line with this year’s theme, we’re adapting by introducing a completely virtual experience that will open up more opportunities for professionals at every level to connect with potential leads, identify business prospects and access best-practice recovery and adaptation resources.

    GCBW20 highlights:

    ·KPMG – Local Gold Coast private-business advisory firm, KPMG Enterprise, will be delivering a series of free group workshops where you can discuss your individual business challenges and get help in setting a road map for recovery and growth.

    ·Virtual Exhibition Hall - Learn about local products and supply chains and make new business connections as Gold Coast businesses showcase their products and services in the Virtual Exhibition Hall.

    ·Live presentation and key speakers - Listen to presentations from key speakers on a range of topics that cover actionable, best-practice survival, recovery and adaptation strategies for your business.

    ·Business resources, recorded presentation and exchange of ideas - Take part in this free exchange of ideas and best-practice learnings in resilience-focused skills, jobs, supply chains, product innovation and strategies.

    ·Business matching and supply-chain connections - Take part in targeted business matching aimed at helping you to build meaningful networks to strengthen your business.

    And, this year, the City of Gold Coast is bringing this event to you completely free of charge to support local businesses.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this exciting event – goldcoastbusinessweek.vfairs.com

  • Gold Coast Urban Design Awards | Awards Presentation

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    You are invited to the virtual Awards Presentation this Friday 16 October at 4pm, live streaming on YouTube (@cityofgoldcoast).

    Now in its 21st year, this triennial event celebrates the best of our built environment and has grown in prominence to become a prestigious platform of recognition for design, liveability and sustainability.

    Entries have been judged by an independent and eminent jury from the fields of architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and construction, headed by renowned architect, Dr Michael Lavery, Director, m3architecture and President of the Queensland Chapter Australian Institute of Architects.

    Join us in showcasing all the 2020 entries and the award winning projects as presented by our talented jury.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/cityofgoldcoast

  • New support for the building and construction industry

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    The City of Gold Coast (City) has announced a range of measures to support the city’s building and construction industry during COVID-19.

    The measures are designed to stimulate new building and construction work, especially smaller scale projects such as dual occupancies and small offices.

    The range of measures are available from 1 October 2020, with the exception of the Express Development Application process which will be available from the 27 October 2020.

    Economic stimulus measures include:

    • Express Development Application process designed to streamline and speed up approvals of small scale applications
    • Reduction in fees for all Referral Agency Applications for 12 months
    • Fee waiver for existing businesses that want to change their operations as a result of COVID-19 until 30 December 2020
    • Fee waiver for pre lodgement meetings until 30 June 2021
    • Reduction in time to assess a request to change a Development Approval where construction has commenced
    • Application advice from the City’s free planning advisory service
    • Ongoing customer service commitment for Major Assessment, Bonding and Plan Sealing.


    More information about these services will be made available on the City's website.

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