Registration to operate a camping ground or caravan park (Gold Coast) - Queensland

Service summary

You need this approval to use land as a camping ground or caravan park where you use the following structures as temporary abodes:

  • cabins
  • caravans
  • tent flies
  • awnings
  • moveable dwellings
  • other structures.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms


means a caravan or a complementary accommodation.

Authorised person

means a person authorised by the Council to exercise the powers of an authorised person under this local law.

Camp amenities or amenities

the building on a public or private camping area used for toilet, ablution or laundry purposes and includes a lavatory and urinal: The terms also mean any other building or structures on a public or private camping area for the use of or for the convenience of campers.

Camp site

the area of ground occupied by a tent or caravan inclusive of ropes, supports and pegs.

Camping ground

means a commercial camping ground or land approved by the local council for camping.

Car or motor car

a motor car or other vehicle having wheels and used or intended to be used for carriage and includes a trailer.


a vehicle with or without motive power, or attached to a motor vehicle and equipped for camping or for use as a dwelling or temporary abode.

Commercial camping ground

means land that is made available, on a commercial basis, for camping but does not include a caravan park.

Complementary accommodation

prescribed as appropriate to caravan park is accommodation:

  • an on-site van
  • a cabin
  • a manufactured home
  • a tent or other structure that can be readily assembled and disasembled.

the Council of the City of Gold Coast.

Environmental Harm

have the meaning given in the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

Environmental Nuisance

have the meaning given in the Environmental Protection Act 1994.



  • toilets
  • bathing or showering facilities
  • facilities for washing and drying clothes
  • facilities for cooking or food preparation
  • sporting and other recreational facilities
  • other facilities for the use or convenience of people using a camping ground.

to occupy a tent or caravan on a public camping area whether such tent or caravan is in the possession of that person or not.

Private camping area

an area of land, other than a public camping area, registered by the Council for camping purposes.

Public camping area

an area of land being a public reserve, or part of a public reserve, vested in the Council as trustee, or land under the control of the Council for the purposes of camping and includes the areas set out in the Schedule to this local law.

Relocatable homes

means a Class 1 or Class 3 building under the Building Code of Australia (or its equivalent).


means an area designated for a single accommodation of a particular type.


a structure or erection constructed or covered wholly or in part with canvas, calico or other material, and includes a shelter used or capable of being used as a temporary abode or sleeping place.

To camp

to occupy or to sleep in, or to attempt to sleep in, a tent, caravan or motor vehicle.

To park

to permit a car to remain stationary for a period exceeding ten (10) minutes.

Eligibility requirements

You should check that zoning is appropriate prior to applying for this approval.

To receive approval, council must be satisfied of the following:

  • you will operate the caravan park/camping ground in a way that will not cause nuisance, inconvenience or annoyance to the occupiers of adjoining land or environmental harm.
  • all facilities in the caravan park/camping ground will remain at an acceptable standard or will be brought to acceptable standard for use by residents.
  • the proposed manager of the caravan park/camping ground is suitable.
  • the operation and management of the caravan park/camping ground will comply with the criteria laid down under Local Law policies.

You will need to acquire a Development Permit.


Contact council to determine applicable fees.


Contact council for more information on the current application process and relevant form.

Additional information

Councils regulate camping grounds and caravan parks to:

  • ensure that caravan and commercial camping grounds are properly maintained
  • ensure that the operator of a commercial camping ground provides basic facilities for users of the camping ground
  • ensure that camping grounds comply with appropriate standards of cleanliness and hygiene
  • regulate conduct on camping grounds
  • safeguard health and safety in caravan parks
  • provide for the comfort and convenience of short term and long term caravan park residents.

Administering agency

City of Gold Coast

Local law(s) name

Gold Coast City Council - Local Law 29 (Public and Other Camping Areas and Camping Generally)

Contact details

City of Gold Coast

Operating address:
135 Bundall Road
Queensland 4217
Mailing address:
PO Box 5042
Gold Coast Mail Centre
Queensland 9729


07 5582 8211


1300 694 222


07 5596 3653

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