Council Referral Agency Assessments

Types of Referrals


For certain building works applications, Cairns Regional Council is a Referral Agency, including for the following matters:

Queensland Development Code (QDC)

  • Alternative side and rear boundary setbacks to those within the QDC
  • Alternative front boundary setbacks to those within the QDC
  • Alternative building height provisions to those within the QDC
  • Alternative site coverage provisions to those within the QDC

CairnsPlan 2016

  • Alternative site coverage and/or setbacks to those within the Rural residential zone code
  • Alternative setbacks within the Environmental management zone
  • Alternative setbacks and building height provisions within the Community facilities zone
  • Amenity and aesthetics impact assessment required under section 1.8 of the CairnsPlan 2016

Referral assessment is undertaken in conjunction with the assessment managers (your building certifier) assessment of the building works application.

Making an application for a Referral Agency Assessment

An application for a Referral Agency Assessment can be lodged with Council:

  • In person at Council’s Administration building at 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Online
  • By mail to:
    Attention: Manager, Strategic Planning & Approvals
    Cairns Regional Council
    PO Box 359
    Cairns QLD 4870

All applications for Referral Agency Assessment must be lodged using the following format:

Applications for Referral Agency Assessment will be determined within a 10 business day period and will incur a fee. Refer to Council’s fees and charges.

Council may request additional information in order to assess your application. If additional information is requested, the assessment timeframe will be paused and resumed once a response is provided to Council.

Last updated: 03 November 2016