Pre-lodgement advice

Council's pre-lodgement service is a free* service available. (* A fee is charged when referral to a Council Committee meeting is requested.)

The pre-lodgement service provides an opportunity for the enquirer and Council officers to informally consider the key issues relevant to the assessment of a prepared proposal prior to lodging an application.

As a minimum, a person using this service should:

For more detailed projects, a pre-lodgement meeting can be requested.

Any person utilising this service should accept that:

  • A pre-lodgement enables informal discussion and advice only. It does not constitute a detailed assessment and does not guarantee in any way the outcome of any subsequent assessment process.
  • Advice will be given on issues detailed by the enquirer. Other issues may be raised by officers during the assessment process. The enquirer cannot rely on Council officers to identify areas of non-compliance during the pre-lodgement process.

Need planning help?

A planning officer is available from 9am to 4pm daily at Council's Administration Centre (119-145 Spence Street, Cairns) to assist with you any general planning enquiries.

Alternatively you can email the Planner of the Day at

If you need more information, you can call us on (07) 4044 3044.

Last updated: 19 February 2016