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Accepted development

Operational work that is tidal works, and works in a coastal management district are assessable development under Schedule 10, Part 17 of the Planning Regulation 2017 and require a development approval before the works can be undertaken. However, this does not include accepted development described under Schedule 7, Part 3 Section 10 of the Planning Regulation 2017 and which complies with the requirements for the work prescribed in the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 section 167(5)(b) – an accepted development code.

Code for accepted development for tidal works, or work completely or partly in a coastal management district (EPP/2017/3930) (PDF, 457K) has been made under the Coastal Protection and Management Regulation 2017 that satisfies this requirement. This enables the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Gold Coast Waterways Authority and local governments to undertake certain low risk works on the coast without the need for a development approval.

What work does the code apply to?

The code applies to the following operational works which are normally triggered for development assessment under the Planning Regulation 2017:

  • minor public marine development
  • storm water infrastructure
  • certain work involving boardwalks, beach access and viewing structures, netted swimming enclosures and pedestrian/bikeway bridges
  • beach re-profiling and beach nourishment
  • demolition of structures seaward of high-water mark
  • management of a natural waterway mouth across a beach
  • reconstruction of a functional seawall or revetment
  • reconstruction or maintenance of a road, carpark or path, and addition of a footpath to a road.

Details on the specific type of work and limitations on the size or scale of the work are provided in the code and this should be carefully examined before deciding if the code applies. If the work is not covered by the code, or the acceptable outcomes cannot be met then the works cannot commence and a development application must be made.

Are environmental standards maintained?

The code maintains existing high environmental and safety standards by setting acceptable outcomes that must be met when undertaking the works. This ensures that coastal processes and resources are protected. It is an offence to carry out self-assessable development in contravention of applicable codes.

The works are also documented and monitored through a code requirement to notify the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection of commencement and completion of the works. The department may undertake compliance of the works as appropriate.

Last updated
1 September 2017