Camping areas and caravan parks
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) update
The City understands the impact the COVID-19 restrictions have had on your business and recognises the contribution that you have made in helping manage COVID-19 for our community by following relevant health directions.
The Queensland government recently released a Roadmap to Easing Restrictions, which supports food businesses in Queensland returning to normal operation through a staged approach.
The City’s Environmental Health Officers will be available to assist and support you in re-opening your camping area or caravan park.
Our update for accommodation providers will help you understand the current requirements and identify vital public health and food safety measures that should be applied prior to re-opening your business.
City of Gold Coast regulates caravan parks and camping areas to ensure that appropriate and adequate facilities are provided and that they are kept in a clean and hygienic condition. It's our aim to provide compliance requirements to assist in providing a safe environment to users.
It is illegal to sleep overnight in a public place within the City including in a tent, motor vehicle or otherwise. It is also illegal to set up tents or caravans (and the like), on private property such as vacant land, private lawns or commercial premises, for the purpose of sleeping overnight. However, this excludes the temporary erection of a tent on premises, at an occupied dwelling, for the sole purpose of allowing a child to camp overnight in the tent.
The City provides caravan parks and camping areas that are kept in a clean and hygienic condition, with appropriate and safe facilities for this purpose.
Applying for a new camping area licence
Select from the drop-down headings below for more information.
A licence is required for use of an area of land for the following types of accommodation:
- camping ground
- caravan park
- temporary or semi-permanent accommodation for residential or recreational purposes, including occupying or sleeping in, or attempting to occupy of sleep in, a tent, caravan or vehicle.
Note: This includes the use of semi-permanent accommodation on private land whilst being built on by the owner-builder or builder – you will need to submit a copy of the approved development permit with your application.
A licence is not required:
- for the temporary erection of a tent on residential premises at an occupied dwelling, for the sole purpose of allowing a child to camp overnight in the tent, or
- premises on which scouts or guides camp overnight in a tent.
Before submitting your application, you should ensure the site has the appropriate development approval to prevent your application being delayed. Depending on the type, size and intended use of any permanent buildings and structures, building approval and certification from a building certifier may be required.
Once the above has been obtained, complete and submit a camping area licence application. To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure the following supporting information is attached to your application.
- Public liability insurance certificate of currency for at least AU$10 million (not required for owner builder camping area)
- Site plan, detailing drawn to scale and detailing the following:
- location and number of proposed camping sites
- the location, number and type of sanitary facilities
- waste facilities and servicing arrangements
- fire safety installations
- water supply, waste water disposal systems and on-site sewerage facilities, and
- separation distances between camping facilities and boundaries
- Development approval and owner builder evidence (owner building camping area only).
No fees are required for this application.
Find a link to the Camping area licence application form below.
Taking over an existing camping area
Prior to taking over an existing business you may wish to apply for a Health licence search to confirm there is a current approval and to ensure the existing owner is complying with licence conditions.
Find the link to our Search Request form below.
If you intend to make alterations to the site, you may need further development and/or building approval. You may apply for a full planning and development certificate (fees apply). We will contact you if additional information is required to process your application.
If you are taking over an existing licensed camping area, the current licence holder may apply to transfer the approval. The land owner must be aware of the application and have granted their consent. No fees apply.
Find a link to the Camping area transfer form below.
Information for existing businesses
For changes to your business or contact information, modifying your operation or requesting a change to conditions of approval, you will need to submit an amendment application. No fees apply.
Find a link to the Camping area licence amendment application form below.
Camping area licences are renewed annually (with the exception of temporary licences (e.g. issued for the duration of a special event and owner-builder camping area licences)) and are valid until 31 August each year. No fees apply for licence renewal.
It is the responsibility of you and your staff to ensure compliance with all requirements of the relevant legislation, which includes:
- Local Law No. 16.6 (Licensing) 2008
- Subordinate Local Law No. 16.6 (Camping Areas) 2008
- Queensland Local Government Act 2009
- Queensland Public Health Act 2005.
The City monitors the standard of operations in caravan parks and camping grounds through a routine inspection program, the frequency of which is determined by the type of premises being operated and its level of compliance.
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