Land use enquiry

Do not rely on a land use enquiry when making decisions with legal and/or financial implications.

For more information about the development of the premises, we recommend you get a limited, standard or full planning and development certificate, and consult an independent planning consultant.

There are three types of land use enquiries available:

Motor dealer's licence

This enquiry provides a letter from Council to apply for a motor dealer's licence from the Office of Fair Trading.

This enquiry does not provide:

  • an assessment of compliance with any required outcomes or assessment benchmarks under the City Plan
  • the category of development and assessment of other forms of development (that is reconfiguration of a lot, operational work, building work and plumbing and drainage work).

How to apply

Complete the Land Use Enquiry - Motor Dealer's Licence form(PDF, 184KB)

Liquor licence

This enquiry provides a letter from Council to apply for a Liquor Licence from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.

This enquiry does not provide:

  • an assessment of compliance with relevant required outcomes or assessment benchmarks under the City Plan
  • the category of development and assessment of other forms of development (i.e. reconfiguration of a lot, operational work, building work, and plumbing and drainage work).

How to apply

Complete the Land Use Enquiry - Liquor Licence form(PDF, 184KB)

General land use enquiry

A land use enquiry is for residential land uses only. It provides City Plan information relevant to a site, including:

  • the zone or precinct within which the premises is located
  • the use definition (residential land uses only) under the City Plan for the proposed use
  • the category of development and assessment for a material change of use for the proposed use based on Part 5 Tables of Assessment for the relevant zone or precinct within which the premises is located only.

This enquiry does not provide:

  • details of historical and/or existing use rights for the premises
  • an assessment of compliance with any required outcomes or assessment benchmarks under the City Plan
  • the category of development and assessment of other forms of development (that is reconfiguration of a lot, operational work, building work, and plumbing and drainage work)
  • a definitive category of development and assessment for each proposed use. The land use enquiry only provides the category of development and assessment according to section 5.5 (categories of development and assessment – Material Change of Use) of the Tables of Assessment. The proposed use may fall into a higher category of development and assessment if the provisions of sections 5.6 to 5.10 of the Tables of Assessment are triggered.

Commercial land uses

If your proposal is for commercial-based land uses, one or all the following options should be used:

  • contact our Planning Enquiries Centre to discuss category of development and assessment for a material change of use for the proposed use on 07 5582 8708
  • apply for a letter from us confirming accepted development status
  • get a limited, standard or full planning and development certificate by lodging a search request form and consult an independent planning consultant.

Online

Complete and submit our online form

Apply online

In person

Step 1.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the General Land Use Enquiry form(PDF, 187KB)

Step 2.Visit one of our customer service centres

Submit your application and pay at one of our customer service centres Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4.30pm.

By mail

Step 1.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the General Land Use Enquiry form(PDF, 187KB)

Step 2.Send us your completed application form and payment

Please attach your cheque, money order or bank draft. Make it payable to ‘City of Gold Coast’ and address it to:

City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9726