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Coastal management district

The coastal management district is coastal area that is considered to need protection or management, especially with respect to the area’s vulnerability to erosion, value in maintaining or enhancing coastal resources or for planning and development of the area. Costal management districts are declared under the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 (Coastal Act).

The coastal management district is the area in which development is triggered assessment by the State Assessment Referral Agency under the Planning Regulation 2017 including for:

  • operational works, such as interfering with quarry material, disposing of dredge spoil or constructing an artificial waterway, removing or interfering with coastal dunes
  • material change of use of premises
  • reconfiguring a lot
  • buildings seaward of a coastal building line

The coastal management district mapping methodology is used to determine the location of the coastal management district. It considers the declared erosion prone area which is calculated using a formula that includes a factor for projected sea level rise of 0.8m to 2100 from climate change.  Generally lots projected to be permanently inundated by water are exposed to greater coastal erosion from sea level rise. Only lots near tidal water (creeks, rivers or the open coast) are included.

The coastal management district is shown on the coastal hazard maps page and on the interactive DA mapping system on the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning’s website. GIS spatial files of the coastal management district area are available on the Queensland Spatial Catalogue - Qspatial.

The coastal management district generally follows lot boundaries. From time to time lot boundaries change which may result in some properties being partially in the coastal management district. If there is any doubt about the location of the coastal management district on your lot contact .

Last updated
3 July 2017