High-Use / High-Impact Permits
  • Last updated:
  • 24 Apr 2017

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.

2016 - 2019 application process

In September 2015, council conducted an application process where any new or existing business could apply for a three-year permit to operate on public land for the period of 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019. Applications closed on 2 October 2015.

Applications were only accepted for approved activities and locations. Approved activities range from surf schools and sky diving to beach equipment hire and coffee vans. Refer to the list of approved activities and locations[352KB].

For more information about the application process, refer to council's Frequently Asked Questions.[413KB]

Awarded permits - 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

At council's Ordinary Meeting on 10 December 2015, council endorsed the awarding of three year permits to successful applicants for approved locations and activities across the region. Successful applicants are permitted to operate at approved locations and activities, for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.

Refer to the list of awarded permits to successful applicants for approved activities and locations.

Vacant locations and activities

There are three (3) locations and activities for which no application was received and remain vacant. Prospective business operators are able to submit an application if they are interested in operating from one of these locations at any time either prior to or during the permit period (1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019). Council will also conduct periodic promotion of these vacancies to invite applications from prospective operations.

Refer to the list of vacant locations and activities[296KB] for further information.

Council has an information pack that explains the application and assessment process. The application pack has everything you need to know about permit requirements, locations, types of activities, associated fees and the assessment process. To obtain an information pack, please send an email to landpermits@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Awarded permits - 1 June 2013 to 30 June 2016

At a special meeting on 4 June 2013, council endorsed the awarding of three-year permits to successful applicants for approved areas across the Sunshine Coast. These permits expire on 30 June 2016. Refer to the full list of council endorsed locations and activities[269KB].

More information about council's resolution is available in the special meeting minutes.

Business operators can apply to offer approved activities at vacant, approved locations. Apply at any time during the current permit period (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016). Refer to the list of vacant locations and approved activities[296KB] for further information.

The application and assessment process remain the same as in March, April and May 2013. To apply, email landpermits@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Temporary opportunity - Refreshment van at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny (applications closed)

 Applications closed 27 May 2016 at 4.30 pm.

The successful applicant will establish and provide continuing hospitality services at the reserve during the demolition and construction phase of the building renewal project.

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.