Building, planning & business

Planning Act 2016

Please note that the Planning Act 2016 comes into effect on 3 July 2017. Applications lodged prior to 3 July 2017 will continue to be assessed under Sustainable Planning Act 2009 in accordance with sections 285-289 of Planning Act 2016. References to the Sustainable Planning Act will be changed and updated to the Planning Act 2016 in due course.  Information on the new Planning Act 2016 can be found at
Land Searches
Building services

Information about building applications, certification and inspections, driveways, easements, fences, swimming pools and spas, building plans and more. More

Business regulations

Council regulates many business activities including food and dining, accommodation, personal services, advertising, commercial filming and busking. More

Lagoon and CBD
Business & economic development

Cairns is perfectly positioned for local, national and international businesses and investors to live, visit and do business. More

Overhead sketch
Development applications

Development Applications can be lodged online through Council's DA Online self-service. You can lodge and pay for Development Applications at any time; DA Online is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience. More

Operational Works

The development engineering section is primarily concerned with processing applications for development approvals for civil works and earthworks both on private property and public lands. More

Property & Land Information
Land record & planning searches

Use the Land Record Search Form to request information including a rates search, meter read, trade waste information, swimming pool compliance inspection, town planning certificates, flood and storm tide information, health and plumbing searches. More

Planning schemes
Planning Schemes

Current and superseded planning schemes for the Cairns region. More

Subdivision Plan Approval

Subdivision Plan Approval, Plan Sealing, Survey Plan Endorsement More

Last updated: 29 June 2017