Reconfiguring A Lot
Creating lots by subdividing another lot, amalgamating two or more lots, rearranging boundaries, creating an easement to give access from a road, dividing land into parts by agreement.
Material Change Of Use
Start of a new use, re-establishment of a use that was abandoned, or a material increase in the intensity or scale of the use of the premises.
Material change of use applications will need to identify the proposed use. Use definitions can be found in Schedule 1.1 of the CairnsPlan 2016(CairnsPlan 2016).
Covers a range of different activities, such as:
Building, repairing, altering, underpinning (vertical or lateral support), moving or demolishing a building or other structure.
Plumbing Or Drainage Work
Domestic and commercial plumbing and drainage works, including on-site sewerage facilities.
Levels of assessment
TheSustainable Planning Act 2009defines levels of assessment for development. The table below provides an explanation of whether or not approval (via the lodgement of a development application) is required for the different levels of assessment.
Level of Assessment
Council Approval Required
No, if the proposed development complies with all of the Acceptable Outcomes from the applicable codes under CairnsPlan 2016.
If self-assessable development does not comply with one or more of the identified Acceptable Outcomes of the applicable code(s), it becomes code assessable.
Development Requiring Compliance Assessment
Yes, compliance permit
Will be assessed against the compliance outcomes of the applicable code(s) identified in the assessment criteria.
Yes, development permit
Will be either:
No, application/request cannot be made for prohibited development (listed under Schedule 1 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009).
Applicable zoning and overlays
To determine whether approval is required for a proposed development, the parts of CairnsPlan 2016 which apply to the site / property need to be identified.
1. Determine the property's zone
CairnsPlan 2016 divides the city into 'zones' to indicate areas of preferred land use (e.g. community facilities, industry, rural residential, conservation). There are also Local Plans applicable in some areas which cater for specific needs in localised areas.
2. Determine if any overlays apply on the property
Overlays may apply on all or part of the property. Overlays indicate areas where provisions exist to manage natural hazards (e.g. bushfires, flooding), preserve values (e.g. heritage, environmental/biodiversity) and manage the built environment (e.g. infrastructure, airports, transport).