Aircraft operations licence

You need a licence from us to undertake temporary aircraft operations (e.g. helicopter landing/take-off) within the City of Gold Coast, including operation of the following aircraft:

  • helicopter
  • aeroplane
  • glider
  • hang-glider
  • hot air balloon*
  • ultra-light
  • airship
  • dirigible (blimp)
  • any form of craft capable of carrying at least one person while in the air.

*Visit the hot air balloon licence page for information and a separate licence application form.

You don't need a licence from us:

  • if the aircraft operations are undertaken at an airport or public aerodrome
  • when the aircraft operation is providing rescue, medical treatment or a fire fighting service
  • when the landing of the aircraft is a result of a medical or other emergency on board the aircraft
  • when the aircraft operation is not a temporary use.

For more information, contact our City Standards team on 07 5667 5987.

Apply for an aircraft operations licence

Use this form to apply for an aircraft operations licence. You must specify the purpose of your aircraft operation in your application. Fees may apply. Refer to the application form or the Register of fees and charges.

By email

Step 1.Gather your documents

You will need to attach the following supporting information to your application:

  • public liability insurance certificate of currency for a minimum of AU$10 million
  • site plans detailing take-off and landing areas, flight path and proximity to noise-sensitive places
  • fee payment or evidence of nil fee eligibility (see form for details).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download and complete the Aircraft operations licence(PDF, 185KB) form

Step 3.Send us to your completed application form

Email to: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

In person

Step 1.Gather your documents

You will need to attach the following supporting information to your application:

  • public liability insurance certificate of currency for a minimum of AU$10 million
  • site plans detailing take-off and landing areas, flight path and proximity to noise-sensitive places
  • fee payment or evidence of nil fee eligibility (see form for details).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Aircraft operations licence(PDF, 185KB) form

Step 3.Visit one of our customer service centres

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

By mail

Step 1.Gather your documents

You will need to attach the following supporting information to your application:

  • public liability insurance certificate of currency for a minimum of AU$10 million
  • site plans detailing take-off and landing areas, flight path and proximity to noise-sensitive places
  • fee payment or evidence of nil fee eligibility (see form for details).

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Aircraft operations licence(PDF, 185KB) form

Step 3.Send us your completed application form

Post to:

City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9726