High-use / high-impact permits
  • Last updated:
  • 12 Nov 2021

Local businesses can carry out a range of activities on Sunshine Coast public land. The main purpose of public land is for community use and enjoyment. Council awards high-use / high-impact permits for activities on this land that benefit the community.

New application process - 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025 

From 15 November 2021, any new or existing businesses can apply for a three-year permit to operate on public land for the period 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025. Applications close on 12 December 2021.

Applications will only be accepted for approved activities and locations. Approved activities range from surfing and kite surfing schools, jetski or boat hire, stand up paddle boarding, sky diving, refreshment vans and mobile dog washing. Refer to the list of approved activities and locations[113KB]

Council’s information pack explains the application and assessment process. The application pack has everything you need to know about permit requirements including:

  • locations
  • types of activities
  • associated fees
  • the assessment process.

Refer to the approved activities and locations  for a copy of council’s information pack. 

All questions regarding the application process should be referred to landpermits@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Existing permits - 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022

On 23 May 2019, council awarded three year permits to successful applicants for approved activities across the region. Permits will expire on 30 June 2022. 

Application process background

Council developed the high-use / high-impact commercial use of community land application process as a result of a regional community engagement program.

This process is about achieving balance between:

  • the community’s vision of the use of community land
  • small businesses wanting to use that land
  • the needs of existing and well-established businesses near that land.

All suggestions and recommendations received during the consultation period were reviewed. They were measured against the guiding principles that apply to all commercial uses of community land. These principles are outlined in the Community Land and Complementary Commercial Activity Strategic Policy, which states that:

  • community use and users of community land take precedence over commercial use
  • commercial use of community land must not unduly impact on community safety, access and visual impacts.

The new application process:

  • makes it easier to apply for high-use / high-impact permits
  • is based on a set fee across the whole region
  • places the focus on the quality and professionalism of the service, including its track record and safety.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email landpermits@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au