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.


  • New Local Buy arrangement for procurement

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    27 June, 2018
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    Local Buy is establishing a Register of Pre-Qualified Suppliers (RPQS) LGA Arrangement for the Supply of Planning, Surveying, Design and Architectural Services - BUS265.

    This arrangement will replace Local Buy’s current arrangement BUS245-0314, when it expires on 13 October 2018.

    To view Tender documents and complete the RFT, please click here and register. (Please note: your LGTender box registration is not valid for APET360).

    Tender closes at 2:00 PM Brisbane time 17 July 2018

    For more information about Local Buy, visit www.localbuy.net.au/about-local-buy
  • Transfer to the City under the Planning Act

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    26 June, 2018
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    As a result of the introduction of the Planning Act the Form 1 Transfer and the Form 20 Schedule (for the Trust) associated with the transfer of land to the City have been changed to comply with the legislation. Wording changes have been made to the Consideration in section 4 of Form 1 and the Trust Schedule in Form 20.

    When preparing documents for endorsement by the City under PA2016 please ensure this wording is referenced on the document. Prior documents will still be used for planning approvals under SPA2009. Examples can be found on the plan sealing webpage under plan sealing resources.

    If you have any further questions please contact plansealing@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
  • City Building Seminar - June

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    08 June, 2018
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    The Superlinear City : Why qualitative matters drive the economic performance of cities

    Bob Perry, Director of Scott Carver, will address place making in a strategic context, its importance at a metropolitan scale as well as at ultra-local scales. He will describe the role of civic architecture in anchoring and catalysing the renewal of urban centres as well as the creation of new urban centres.

    Using case studies from Scott Carver’s work on large-scale new urban neighbourhoods and examples of work currently underway within the Place Leaders Asia Pacific network, he will describe the interconnection of design, governance and identity in making and maintaining viable communities.

    Bob Perry Bio

    Bob Perry is the Chair of Place Leaders Asia Pacific and a Director of Sydneybased architects and urban designers, Scott Carver. Bob has over thirty five years of directing architecture in Sydney, and is highly regarded for his innovative approach having won several inaugural industry awards for his work. He lectures regularly to promote new perspectives on urban design and density such as his ‘agoradynamics’ and ‘ultra-local cycling’ series.

    Bob travels frequently to Japan where he ‘bushwalks’ in Tokyo as a laboratory for 21st century solutions to connected urban living. Bob will use examples from Tokyo to demonstrate how self-sustaining social interaction is intimately related to transit-connectivity.

    Date: Thursday, 28 June 2018

    Time: Midday refreshments, 12.30pm presentation

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

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

  • Reminder: Notice of works timetable

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    30 May, 2018
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    Development Compliance is encouraging developers to submit a notice of works timetable when a development application decision notice has been issued and works are set to commence on site. The timetable is required as part of the conditions of approval or advice notes.

    Lodgement of the timetable enables City of Gold Coast to ensure that all required conditions have been complied with prior to works commencing on site.

    This service seeks to minimise future compliance matters, alleviate the need to lodge retrospective reports or applications and allows for a streamline process at time of Plan Sealing (Standard Format Plan and Building Format Plan) applications and Material Change of Use Final inspections.

    This service is free of charge and can be lodged via email.

    View the City of Gold Coast's notice of works timetable online.
  • As Constructed project assessment

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    30 May, 2018
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    Recently, a number of projects have been submitted to the City of Gold Coast’s Contributed Assets team for As Constructed assessment containing significant errors.These errors are adding substantial time to the assessing of projects.

    The timeframes for assessment are twenty (20) business days for Final As Cons and ten (10) business days for SLP assessments; in some instances the City is not meeting these requirements due to the additional time required to identify and correct application errors.

    Please refer to the Land development guidelines in Schedule 6 of City Plan; which outlines the City’s requirements for receiving As Constructed assessment projects.

    The City has also recently updated the As Constructed Lodgement form. Submissions are required to properly reflect applicable data with one of the key changes requiring applicants to provide the latest OPW Stamped Approved design drawings in PDF format.

    From the 1st July 2018 the City will be implementing the new reassessment fee on all projects that contain errors.

    In order to assess each submission fairly we request industry supply all the required information.

    We look forward to your cooperation in achieving better outcomes.


  • Water and Waste CCTV Submission Form

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    24 May, 2018
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    Water and Waste has established a new form which is to be provided as part of all submissions for CCTV packages.

    The Water and Sewerage Connection CCTV Submission Form is available at: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/connections

    Each CCTV package must be in accordance with the Water and Sewerage Acceptance Testing Guide. Some important items include:

    • The RPEQ for the development is to review all of the test results and be satisfied that there are no defects, prior to submitting the information to Water and Waste
    • CCTV footage must be clear and sharp. Footage that is of poor resolution, out of focus and/or has poor lighting will be rejected and require the inspection to be performed again
    • The camera shall travel at a speed no greater than that which will permit the observer to anticipate arrival at all defects and features

    If the CCTV relates to an Operational Works (OPW) application, the following forms must also be signed-off by a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and included with the submission:

    • Assessment Test Result Review Check Sheet
    • CCTV Review Check Sheet

    CCTV forms will only be accepted by Water and Waste when submitting in person to the front counter at:

    City of Gold Coast
    Nerang Administration Building
    833 Nerang Southport, Nerang Road
    Nerang, QLD 4211

  • Debtor accounts administration change

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    24 May, 2018
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    In late June, we are changing the way we manage debtor accounts, moving to a model of issuing an invoice per application and a monthly summary statement.

    This change affects debtor invoices and summary statements for searches and development applications. Customers may receive multiple invoices over a month and will receive their summary statements at the end of each month.

    Closer to the time, we will provide customers with a quick reference guide to help with the transition.

    More information:

    Searches: Selina Trotter 5581 5850

    Development applications: Cheryl Button 5582 8002

  • Michael Matusik to present at Industry Briefing - June

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    22 May, 2018
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    The Economy, Planning and Environment Directorate is holding an industry briefing on 6 June 2018. This event provides the opportunity to hear from Director of Economy, Planning and Environment, Alisha Swain as well as property analyst Michael Matusik.

    The industry briefing will cover:

    • An update on the newly formed EPE Directorate including the Office of Innovation and Economy;
    • Changes coming into effect with version 5 of the City Plan, including updates to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan; and
    • A new Development Application system going live in June.

    Gold Coast housing market update from Michael Matusik

    Michael is an experienced property analyst with a planning background based in Brisbane. He is well known for his regular Matusik Missives which has an avid following of over 20,000 investors and property industry.

    Michael will use his expertise to speak about the Gold Coast housing market, and its momentum post the Commonwealth Games. You do not want to miss this engaging and informative presentation.

    Light refreshments will be available.

    Date: Wednesday 6 June 2018

    Time: 3.00 pm - 5.00pm

    Venue: Outdoor Stage HOTA (Home of the Arts) Bundall

    RSVP: RSVPs are now closed. Thank you for your interest.

  • City Building Seminar - May

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    03 May, 2018
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    Tactics for transforming global cities

    Ludo Campbell-Reid, Design Champion and General Manager, Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council, New Zealand

    By 2050 over 70 per cent of the world's population will live in cities.

    Consuming over 80 per cent of the world's energy and emitting over 75 per cent of the world's green house gas emissions, the way we design, plan, govern and construct our cities will play a crucial role in the future viability of the planet. As Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, famously said: “We are the first generation to realise the serious impacts of Climate Change and the last generation who are able to do something about it”.

    If you are looking for your “Ikigai” (a Japanese expression meaning a reason to get up in the morning), then the role of built environment practitioners such as planners, architects, urban designers and engineers leading the charge to find innovative solutions to known current and future city challenges, as well as challenges and opportunities as yet unforeseen, could not be more vital.

    And why? Because the future of our planet will depend on it.

    Ludo Campbell-Reid. Transforming, improving and resuscitating cities – making them liveable, competitive and sustainable requires a carefully crafted individual response. No city is the same and there is no blue print approach. Some are healthy, vital, exciting and productive but unfortunately many are not.

    Understanding the levers to unlocking the magic in cities requires experience of how the public and private sectors work and think. Multidisciplinary collaboration is the keystone for success.

    Ludo is an internationally recognised city planner, urban designer and key note speaker with over 24 years public and private sector experience. He advises mayors, cities, local authorities and governments around the world on how to improve their cities, streets and public open spaces.

    Described as the “lightning rod for the transformation of Downtown Auckland” (Property Council NZ, People Awards 2016), voted one of Metro Magazine’s Top 50 Most influential Aucklanders and nominated as one of NZ most Creative people by Idealog Magazine (2017) Ludo is currently Design Champion and GM of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office.

    Formerly Founding CEO of Urban Design London, Ludo was appointed as Auckland’s first ever Design Champion in 2006 following the recommendations of the 2005 Mayoral Task Force on Urban Design. In his current role he is charged with overall responsibility for spearheading Auckland’s design led renaissance.

    Date: Thursday 31 May 2018

    Time: Midday refreshments, 12.30pm presentation

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

    RSVP: oca@goldcoast.qld.gov.au(External link)

  • Water and Waste Connection Policy and Procedure

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    20 March, 2018
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    Water and Waste has revised its Water and Sewerage Connections Policy Procedure which includes: revised approval workflow processes; inclusion of new Guidelines for Working near Water and Sewer Infrastructure; and revised Metering Technical Specifications.

    The most significant change in the policy is the installation of large water meters. From 1 June 2018 large meter installations (50mm and above) are now to be located above ground and on-lot.

    Water and Waste extends an invitation to two representatives from organisations affected by these changes to attend an industry based forum to learn more about our Water and Waste Connection Policy and Procedure. It is an opportunity for you and your business to engage with a City representative to discuss important Policy changes and how they affect your rights and responsibilities as a commercial customer.

    Organisations are invited to review the large water meter drawings and provide feedback prior to this briefing in order to maximise the effectiveness of this session.

    More information:

    Cityofgoldcoast.com.au/connections

    http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/water-and-sewerage-connections-policy.pdf

    Forum details

    Date: Thursday 3 May 2018

    Where: Nerang RSL and Memorial Club, 69 Nerang Street, Nerang QLD

    Time: 7am doors open

    7.30-9am presentation

    Light refreshments will be provided

    RSVP

    Amanda Horvath E: WWBusiness@goldcoast.qld.gov.au T: 5582 8122