Effective 1 March 2017, Cairns Regional Council will no longer be accepting new applications for building approval (certification). This means that for any new building certification applications, you will need to engage a private certifier who is licensed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).
This change to services will not affect current applications. If you have already lodged a building application prior to 1 March 2017, the application will be processed and assessed as normal. Please see below for further information on how to finalise a Building approval.
All other building related services such as siting dispensation remain unchanged.
If you are thinking of doing any building, remodelling work, extensions or renovating, you may have to apply for Building Development Approval. The web pages below provide general advice about building, swimming pool safety, lodging building approval documentation in Cairns and Council’s involvement with this activity.
Cyclone affected region
The Cairns Regional Council area is a cyclonic region as specified in the Building Code of Australia. Because of this, construction detailing and tie-down requirements are more stringent than in non-cyclonic zones.
You may request a copy of your approved building plans, but Council cannot guarantee that all plans are available for older properties.
Complaints about unlawful building or development work (eg, illegal buildings or structures, swimming pools and fencing) can be submitted in writing to Council, lodged via our online form or you can contact Customer Service to lodge your complaint.
Dial before you Dig
Before you carry out any ground works, you should telephone 1100 or visit www.1100.com.au to find out what services are underground.
This information is provided as a general guide only. For more information and to discuss your specific requirements, contact Council's Building Services team.