Infrastructure Charges

Infrastructure charges

Infrastructure charges are levied upon development as part of the development assessment process. Charges collected contribute to the provision of Council's trunk infrastructure networks required to support the growth and development region.  Council's Local Government Infrastructure Plan contains Council's future plans for trunk infrastructure.

Council levies infrastructure charges under its Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.2) 2017   ( PDF, 1.87 MB ) in effect from 8 November 2017. The resolution details:

  • the infrastructure charge rates to be levied upon development;
  • the identification of development subject to infrastructure charges;
  • the trunk infrastructure networks to which the adopted infrastructure charges apply, including water supply, wastewater, transport, parks and stormwater;
  • how infrastructure charges are calculated;
  • how infrastructure charges will be adjusted or increased;
  • refunds and offset provisions;
  • the method for recalculating the cost of trunk infrastructure; and
  • criteria used to assess applications to convert non trunk to trunk infrastructure.

The resolution and schedules can be found here:

For copies of Infrastructure Works Schedules and Trunk Infrastructure Plans please email townplanner@cairns.qld.gov.au

Infrastructure charges calculator

You can prepare an infrastructure charges estimate for development by using our Infrastructure Charges Calculator ( XLS, 2.29 MB ).

You are required to input data into the available fields. Further information or detail on the calculation methodologies can be found in Council's Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2017   ( PDF, 1.87 MB ) in effect from 1 July 2017.

The infrastructure charges calculated are estimates only and are subject to confirmation by Cairns Regional Council. The charge rates are also subject to index adjustments. The total charge amount indicated on this notice is current at the date of creation, the total charge due at the date of payment may change. Council disclaims any liability arising as a result of reliance upon information contained within this estimate.

Note: If when you open the calculator you are not presented with an option to enable macros, you may need to adjust your macro security levels. If you do not wish to modify your macro settings, you can request a copy of the calculator to be emailed to you by contacting townplanner@cairns.qld.gov.au.

Please contact the Development Assessment Team on 07 4044 3044 or by email townplanner@cairns.qld.gov if you have any enquiries regarding infrastructure charging or to seek an estimate or confirm charges payable.

Financial assistance for not for profit recreation, sporting and community groups – infrastructure charges relief

General Policy 1:04:52 allows Council to consider applications for relief of infrastructure charges from not for profit organisations.

The purpose of the Financial Assistance for Not for Profit Recreation, Sporting and Community Groups - Infrastructure Charges Relief General Policy ( PDF, 0.05 MB ) is to assist community, sporting and not for profit organisations that expand the services they offer or construct new facilities, through the provision of relief on a percentage of infrastructure charges associated with their development.

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Last updated: 09 November 2017