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Dual occupancy

Dual occupancy

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- Sheron Mougrabi

Affordable living opportunities are a strong focus of our City Plan. To provide our residents with a variety of housing choices, City of Gold Coast has made it easier and more affordable to develop different types of living options. A dual occupancy is just one of the many residential choices to cater for our growing population.

A dual occupancy is made up of two dwellings (whether attached or unattached) on a single property. A dual occupancy is commonly known as a duplex.

Do I require a building approval?

If you are building a dwelling house you will need a building approval. Building approvals can be obtained by contacting a private certifier. Please see the private building certifier page for further information.

Do I require a development approval?

If your dual occupancy does not meet all the relevant development criteria of the City Plan, you may need to lodge a development application.

Low density residential zone

In the low density residential zone, a development application is not required when you:

  • are on a lot which:
    • is a corner lot; or
    • has access to both street and a rear access lane; or
    • is within 400 metre walking distance to a mixed use centre or specialist centre; and
  • meet the required outcomes in the dual occupancy code and any other applicable code (e.g. a zone code).

Medium and high density residential zones

In the medium and high density residential zones, a planning application is not required when you:

  • meet the required outcomes in the dual occupancy code and any other applicable codes (e.g. a zone code).

A City Plan overlay may also trigger the need for a development application. Refer to the do I need a development approval page for further information and instructions.

Who can I contact for more information?

For building related matters, you will need to engage a private building certifier. Please see the private building certifier page for further information.

For planning related matters, please contact our Planning Enquiries Centre on 07 5582 8708 or email: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

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