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.


  • Short-term accommodation arrangements during Commonwealth Games period

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    over 2 years ago

    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.

    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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    over 2 years ago

    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.

    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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    over 2 years ago

    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...

    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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    over 2 years ago

    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.

    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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    over 2 years ago

    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.

    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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    over 2 years ago

    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...

    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.


  • Directorate changes

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    over 2 years ago

    From 1 January 2018, the Directorate of Planning and Environment has changed its name to Economy, Planning and Environment (EP&E). From the beginning of March 2018, an Office of Innovation and Economy will be established within EP&E consisting of three business areas: Business Investment and Development; Innovation; and Economic Value Management. In addition, the Southport CBD team will transfer to the City Planning Branch of EP&E.

    Other updates include changes to Council committees from 1 January 2018, including the City Planning Committee which has become the Economy, Planning and Environment Committee. More information is available on the City’s website.

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    From 1 January 2018, the Directorate of Planning and Environment has changed its name to Economy, Planning and Environment (EP&E). From the beginning of March 2018, an Office of Innovation and Economy will be established within EP&E consisting of three business areas: Business Investment and Development; Innovation; and Economic Value Management. In addition, the Southport CBD team will transfer to the City Planning Branch of EP&E.

    Other updates include changes to Council committees from 1 January 2018, including the City Planning Committee which has become the Economy, Planning and Environment Committee. More information is available on the City’s website.

    With the departure of Director Dy Currie at the end of December, thank you to Mick Moran who was EP&E Acting Director until 4 February. Amanda Tzannes is now Acting Director until a permanent appointment is made.
  • Limited construction inspections during Commonwealth Games period 1 March–18 April 2018

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    over 2 years ago

    Inspections are required for the construction of public and private development works from pre-start to off-maintenance. The City’s current booking system for developer inspections requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for these inspections to be done.

    During the Commonwealth Games Period 1 March–18 April 2018, impacts on travel times, closure of roads and other areas, and officer availability will significantly affect the ability to carrying out inspections at this time. As a result, the City will require additional notice when booking inspections and will program inspections to maximise efficiency and minimise impacts on the road network. For example...

    Inspections are required for the construction of public and private development works from pre-start to off-maintenance. The City’s current booking system for developer inspections requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for these inspections to be done.

    During the Commonwealth Games Period 1 March–18 April 2018, impacts on travel times, closure of roads and other areas, and officer availability will significantly affect the ability to carrying out inspections at this time. As a result, the City will require additional notice when booking inspections and will program inspections to maximise efficiency and minimise impacts on the road network. For example, all inspections in a particular locality may be scheduled on a nominated day or days during this period.

    While the City will endeavour to accommodate reasonable inspection requests, developers, consultants and contractors are encouraged to consider inspection scheduling requirements as early as possible and book inspections with the City at least 5 business days in advance to assist in minimising the potential impacts on their projects.

    We appreciate your assistance and patience during this exciting time for the city.

    Information on roads and other areas affected by closures and restrictions is available on the Get Set for the Games website.
  • 2017 Charges Resolution Update

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    over 2 years ago

    Council adopted amendments to the current “City of Gold Coast Charges Resolution No.2 of 2016” (Charges Resolution) as a result of changes introduced by the Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) on 3 July 2017.

    Specifically, administrative changes have been made to align the Charges Resolution with the Planning Act.

    The Charges Resolution has also been aligned with the most recent increases to the maximum adopted charge rates set out in the Planning Regulation 2017 (Planning Regulation).

    The new Charges Resolution called “City of Gold Coast Charges Resolution (No.1) of 2017” commenced today, 15 November 2017. It is available on Council’s ...

    Council adopted amendments to the current “City of Gold Coast Charges Resolution No.2 of 2016” (Charges Resolution) as a result of changes introduced by the Planning Act 2016 (Planning Act) on 3 July 2017.

    Specifically, administrative changes have been made to align the Charges Resolution with the Planning Act.

    The Charges Resolution has also been aligned with the most recent increases to the maximum adopted charge rates set out in the Planning Regulation 2017 (Planning Regulation).

    The new Charges Resolution called “City of Gold Coast Charges Resolution (No.1) of 2017” commenced today, 15 November 2017. It is available on Council’s website.

    For more information, please contact the Infrastructure Planning Team on 07 5582 8229.


  • 2017 Gold Coast Urban Design Award winners

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    over 2 years ago

    A biennial event celebrating the best of our built environment, the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards have become the city's most prestigious platform for recognition of design, liveability and sustainability.

    This year’s winners of the Gold Coast’s leading design awards include two Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games projects that will make their mark on the city for many years to come.

    The 2017 Gold Coast Urban Design Award winners are:

    Excellence in Urban Design Award 2017 | Helen Josephson Award for Urban Design Leadership

    Parklands Project, by AAA –...

    A biennial event celebrating the best of our built environment, the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards have become the city's most prestigious platform for recognition of design, liveability and sustainability.

    This year’s winners of the Gold Coast’s leading design awards include two Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games projects that will make their mark on the city for many years to come.

    The 2017 Gold Coast Urban Design Award winners are:

    Excellence in Urban Design Award 2017 | Helen Josephson Award for Urban Design Leadership

    Parklands Project, by AAA – a joint venture between architects Arkhefield, ARM and Archipelago

    Urban Design Award

    Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre – Cardno, BVN and John Graham

    City Village Terrace Homes – Robina Projects Australia and Andrew Halstead Architects

    Commendation

    Oasis Shopping Centre Redevelopment Broadbeach – The Buchan Group

    Griffith University Student Guild Bar and Link Eatery – Push

    Special mention

    Surfers Riverside Edge Treatment Project – GHD Woodhead and Gold Coast Waterways Authority

    Tactical Urbanism Projects – City Place Making, City of Gold Coast