Beach wedding permit

If you are planning to say ‘I do’ on the golden sands of the Gold Coast, you must first apply for a permit. There are no application or permit fees.

Beach weddings are approved for simple ceremonies only. Ceremonies are limited to 2 hours in length – including set up – and a maximum of 50 people. These limits keep the impact on the environment and other beach users to a minimum. Beach weddings are unsuitable for large formal weddings.

Beach locations

Some beaches are unavailable for beach weddings or have limited access during major events.

Unavailable locations

  • Justins Park viewing platform at Burleigh
  • Echo Beach on the Burleigh Head National Park side of Tallebudgera Creek
  • Surfers Paradise beach from Hanlan Street to Cavill Avenue

Scheduled events or activities may conflict with your event. Visit our website to check for events that may be on at the same time of your preferred site and date.

Online

Step 1.Are you eligible?

  • Ceremony limited to 2 hours in length including set up and packing up.
  • Maximum of 50 people attending including celebrant, wedding party and helpers.
  • Your nominated beach location is available on the proposed day and time of your ceremony.

Step 2.Complete and submit our online form

Apply online

In person

Step 1.Are you eligible?

  • Ceremony limited to 2 hours in length including set up and packing up.
  • Maximum of 50 people attending including celebrant, wedding party and helpers.
  • Your nominated beach location is available on the proposed day and time of your ceremony.

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Beach wedding permit application form(PDF, 199KB)

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.Are you eligible?

  • Ceremony limited to 2 hours in length including set up and packing up.
  • Maximum of 50 people attending including celebrant, wedding party and helpers.
  • Your nominated beach location is available on the proposed day and time of your ceremony.

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Beach wedding permit application form(PDF, 199KB)

Step 3.Send us your completed application form

Post to:

City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9726