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Have your say on a development application

Make a submission

Please read the information on this page before making a submission on a development application. When ready to make your submission, use the relevant option below.

You'll notice some changes to our online services as a result of a new information technology system that we've introduced to support many of the City's functions, including planning and development.

For applications lodged from 28 June 2018 you can have your say through our new online tool. Applications lodged prior to this date can still be accessed through the previous online form.

Have your say (prior to 28 June 2018) Have your say (from 28 June 2018)

Please note that submissions on a development application are not confidential. If you prefer not to submit using the online form, please see the alternative methods of lodging a submission below.

What is a submission?

A submission is a written objection or supporting comment about a development application, made by any interested member of the community (for example, a person, group or organisation) about a development application.

A person who makes a 'properly made submission' is called the 'submitter'. For applications requiring public notification, once the City considers all submissions and the application is decided, a copy of the decision must be sent to each principal submitter.

Submissions can be made on developments that are impact assessable and for variation requests. Normally these are complex developments, or those that may impact the community, or be potentially unsuitable for an area.

Before preparing your submission you will need to review the development application and plans. The most convenient way to view a development application is via PD Online.

How do I find out details of a development application?

Use PD Online to view details of the development application including available documents (e.g. supporting material, confirmation notice, information request), the current status and the closing date for submissions. All development applications can be accessed by any person online.

What makes a submission properly made?

All submissions are considered by the assessment manager when assessing a development application, but only properly made submissions create a legal right to appeal the City’s decision through the Planning and Environment Court.

To be properly made, a submission must:

  • be in writing (includes electronic)
  • be made to the assessment manager
  • be signed by each person who made the submission, unless it is made electronically
  • state the name and residential or business address of each person who made the submission
  • states one postal or electronic address for service relating to the submission for all submission-makers
  • state grounds, and the facts and circumstances relied on to support the grounds
  • be made to the entity prescribed by the Planning Act 2016 during the fixed public notification period.

Alternative methods of lodging a submission

Email: with the Have your say on a development application submission form attached.

Post to:
Chief Executive Officer
City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042

In person at any of our customer service centres.

Are submissions confidential?

Submissions are NOT confidential. As required by the Planning Act 2016, all submissions, including individual details, must be published on the City’s PD Online website.

Grounds for a submission

When stating the grounds of your submission, it is important to focus on planning, environment or transport issues, including matters such as:

  • whether the proposed use is consistent with the intent for the area as expressed in the planning scheme
  • whether the scale and design of the proposed development is compatible with surrounding development
  • how the development addresses the street and interfaces with adjoining properties
  • any potential traffic and car parking issues associated with the development
  • hours of operation (for commercial activities)
  • how the development may impact on drainage patterns in the area
  • how the development fits with any objective of the planning scheme to protect and enhance the natural environment.

Appeal rights for submission

Submitters of properly made submissions have the legal right to appeal the City’s decision on an impact assessable application or a variation request through the Planning and Environment Court. The City advises principle submitters in writing of the time period for an appeal to be submitted.

For more information visit the Planning and Environment Court website.

How do I find out more information?

For more information relating to making a submission on a development application, visit the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.

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