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Whether you are looking to lodge a development application or just undertaking initial research, this page includes links to handy tools and external services.

Sunshine Coast Council Development Support

Sunshine Coast Council’s website provides extensive information, resources and services relating to development on the Sunshine Coast.

You can also find links to handy tools and external services including:

Click the link or button below to visit the Sunshine Coast Council’s website or continue on to see our short list of the planning and development resources available.

Planning and property information

Development.i

All development applications for the Sunshine Coast Council area can be accessed through Development.i which provides easy access to past and current applications details and basic property information. In addition, the system allows you to navigate, visualise, track and receive alerts about development applications. 

A free Development.i site report provides access to town planning and property information to assist in analysing investment options and making development decisions. This report can be accessed at: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Development/Development-Tools-and-Guidelines/Development-i-Site-Report

There are several training videos on council’s website to help you navigate and make the most of the Development.i tool. Go to: sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Development/Development-Tools-and-Guidelines/Development-i/Development-i-How-to-Use

Development.i allows you to view ‘building heat maps’, create plumbing reports (a good indicators of new development in the area), set up alerts related to specific applications or development applications in the vicinity of a specific property.

Market data and research

Find out more about current development activity, growth areas, the region’s local gross domestic product (GDP) and much more. 

Economy.id

Comprehensive economic profiling of local government areas, drawing on 11 different datasets to build a cohesive story of the area’s local economy, how it is changing and how it compares to other areas.

Development Indicators Report

Find out more about the amount and the types of development on the Sunshine Coast, including; the value of building construction, growth suburbs, statistics for key stages of development and comparisons from previous years.

SQM Research – Property

Comprehensive property data, automated property valuations and insights on the Australian residential property market for institutions, corporates and individuals.

Statistics and maps

MyMaps is the Sunshine Coast Council’s regional mapping system and provides the community with quick and easy access to relevant and useful Council information in the form of interactive maps. MyMaps is user friendly and highly interactive, offering up to date information with many useful features.

    • Property Boundaries
    • Council Parks and Reserves
    • Planning Scheme and Development Information
    • Local Laws
    • Flooding Hazards
    • Services
    • Points of Interest
    • Marine Turtle and Flying Fox monitoring
    • Council Contracts and Projects

To access MyMaps and find out more go to:  sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Development/Development-Tools-and-Guidelines/Sunshine-Coast-Mapping-MyMaps

Australia’s national statistical agency and an official source of independent, reliable information. Visit abs.gov.au

Provides the number of dwelling units and value of buildings approved.
Report: 8731.0 Building Approvals, Australia: TABLE 62. Number of Non-residential Building Jobs Approved, by Value Range, Original – Queensland.

To access this report visit :abs.gov.au/statistics/industry/building-and-construction/building-approvals-australia/latest-release#data-download

Queensland Government Statistician's Office (QGSO) is part of Queensland Treasury. They provide a broad range of expert services to support national, whole-of-government and agency policies, programs, and service delivery decisions. Visit qgso.qld.gov.au

The Queensland Regional Profiles are informative statistical reports on a range of Queensland community types (e.g. local government areas). These reports are generated automatically using the latest demographic, social and economic data available. Community regions can be selected individually, or easily combined to create customised regions or catchments for profiling. Visit statistics.qgso.qld.gov.au/qld-regional-profiles

Sunshine Coast new developments are some of the most exciting in Australia at this time. Discover new infrastructure and regional investment projects with our Major Projects Map.

The Sunshine Coast Council’s website also includes information on development activity, economic profiling, population and demographic reports. 

Connecting utilities

Connecting your land or property to water and sewage, power and data is a critical and exciting stage of development. Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate through the approvals process for each service.

Water and waste connection

Unitywater provide water supply and sewage treatment services to the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions of South East Queensland. Browse through our shortlist of resources available for businesses relocating or establishing on the Sunshine Coast.

To find out all you need to know about a connection application, head to the Unitywater building and developing page for further information.

If your business requires a new major business connection or an alteration to your existing connection (load ≥ 1 MVA and HV Generators), Energex has a dedicated Major Customer Team to support you. Information on the processes can also be found on the Major Business Connections page.

A Decision Notice will be issued after 10 business days from receipt of a certification package from a Registered Certifier. Please note - only applications prepared by a Registered Certifier will be accepted. You can find the Register of Certifiers and types of Certifiers at Unitywater's website.

The A&C Connection Application & Network Work Submission form must be completed for connections other than Standard Connection Applications made to Unitywater. Note the form will expire after 21 days of being activated.

A Service Advice Notice does not attract a fee and is advisory only. The SAN is intended to provide advice in relation to development proposals prior to lodging a formal connection application with Unitywater via a Certifier. 

A comprehensive reference library for all technical requirements and standards your Consultants will need when building and developing. 

Energy connection

Energex is the Distribution Network Service Provider for the Sunshine Coast. Browse through our shortlist of resources available for businesses relocating or establishing on the Sunshine Coast.

Find out how to connect your business to the electricity network, what to do to connect a solar PV system or batteries, and what's required to change or remove your connection by visiting Energex’s Business Connections webpage.

Further information on gaining approvals to connect your development to the water and sewage network can be found on Unitywater's website

The Queensland Electricity Connection Manual (QECM) and Queensland Electricity Metering Manual (QEMM) provide minimum requirements for connection of supply and metering of customer electricity installations. Visit the Energex QECM and QEMM web page for more details.

Future fast data

Data connection

Image: Exterior of NEXTDC Data Centre

Maroochydore City Centre: council digital infrastructure

The Sunshine Coast International Broadband Network is feeding data hungry businesses. The 18 Tbps submarine data cable provides the fastest east coast connection from Australia to Asia. 

Sunshine Coast Council has created a fact sheet that provides design specifications for existing and future developers to connect carriers and private networks to their development lot and buildings via the council’s broadband infrastructure network.

Development applications fee estimate calculator

You can produce a fee estimate for your development applications.

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