Planning searches

Council offers various types of planning searches as listed below.

To apply for a planning search, complete the online planning search request form (in our Online Self Service site) or download and print the Land Record Search application form ( PDF, 0.08 MB ) and pay the relevant fee. A separate application must be made for each individual property.  Read more about applying for a Land Record Search...

The purpose of the planning and development certificate is to provide information applicable to specific premises on planning scheme provisions, infrastructure charges or agreements and development approvals.

Limited Certificate - 5 business days

A limited planning and development certificate contains the following information for a premises.

  • A summary of the provisions of any planning scheme, including any infrastructure charges schedule or regulated infrastructure charges schedule, applying specifically to the premises.
  •  If any of the State planning regulatory provisions apply to the premises - a description of the provisions that apply.
  •  A description of any designations applying to the premises.

Standard Certificate - 10 business days

A standard planning and development certificate, in addition to the information contained in a limited planning and development certificate, contains the following information for premises:

  • A copy of every decision notice or negotiated decision notice for a development approval given under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (the Act) or repealed Integrated Planning Act 1997 (IPA) that has not lapsed.
  • A copy of every deemed approval notice relating to the premises, if the development approval to which the notice relates has not lapsed.
  • A copy of every continuing approval mentioned in repealed IPA, section 6.1.23(1)(a) to (d).
  • Details of any decision to approve or refuse an application to amend a planning scheme made under the repealed Local Government Planning and Environment Act 1990, section 4.3 including any conditions of approval.
  • A copy of every compliance permit or compliance certificate in effect at the time the standard planning and development certificate is given;a copy of each master plan applying to the promises.
  • A copy of every notice of decision or negotiated notice about a master plan application for a master plan given under the Act or repealed IPA, in force for the planning scheme area for the premises.
  • A copy of any information recorded for the premises in the infrastructure charges register or regulated infrastructure charges register.
  • Details of any permissible changes to a development approval given under changes or minor changes made to a development approval given under repealed IPA.
  • Details of any charges to a compliance permit or compliance certificate.
  • A copy of any judgment or order of the court or a building and development committee about the development approval, a condition included in the masters plan or a condition included in the compliance permit or compliance certificate.
  • A copy of any agreement to which the local government or a concurrence agency is a party about a condition of the development approval.
  • A copy of any infrastructure agreement applying to the premises to which the local government is a party or that it has received a copy of under section 662.
  • A description of each amendment, proposed to be made by local government to its planning scheme, that has not yet been made at the time the certificate is given, including an amendment to include a structure plan.

Full Certificate - 30 business days

A full planning and development certificate, in addition to the information contained in a limited and standard planning and development certificate, must contain or be accompanied by the following information for premises.

  • If there is currently in force for the premises a development approval or a compliance permit containing conditions (including conditions about the carrying out of works or the payment of money, other than under an infrastructure agreement) - a statement about the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of each condition at a stated day after the day the certificate was applied for.
  • If there is a master plan that applies to the premises that includes conditions, including conditions of a type mentioned in paragraph (a) - a statement about the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of each condition, at a stated day after the day the certificate was applied for.

If there is a master plan that applies to the premises that includes conditions, including conditions of a type mentioned in paragraph (a) - a statement about the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of each condition, at a stated day after the day the certificate was applied for.

If there are obligations under the agreement that have not been fulfilled - details of the nature and extent of the obligations not fulfilled and

Fetails of the giving of any security and whether any payment required.

  • any prosecution for a development offence under this Act or repealed IPA in relation to the premises of which the local government is aware or
  • proceedings for a prosecution for a development offence under this Act or repealed IPA in relation to the premises of which the local government is aware.
  • If there is an infrastructure agreement to which the local government is a party
  •  To be made under the security has been made: advice of -
  • any prosecution for a development offence under this Act or repealed IPA in relation to the premises of which the local government is aware; or
  • proceedings for a prosecution for a development offence under this Act or repealed IPA in relation to the premises of which the local government is aware.

An applicant may request that a full certificate be given without the information normally contained in a limited and standard certificate.

If a condition under subsection (1) relates to the ongoing operating requirements of the use of premises, the statement need not make reference to the fulfillment or non-fulfillment of the conditions other than under subsection (3).

Planning search request

To apply for a planning search, complete the form below and pay the relevant fee. A separate application must be lodged for each individual property.

The purpose of the certificate is to provide information applicable to specific premises on planning scheme provisions, infrastructure charges or agreements and development approvals.  Read more about planning searches...

Your personal information has been collected for the purpose of processing your application. See Council's Information Privacy statement. The collection of your information is authorised under Local Law 1 & Subordinate Local Law 1.

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).
Applicant details
Results * Select how you want to receive your search results
Property details
Search type
Certificate - limited 5 working days from payment receipt
Certificate - limited 2 working days from payment receipt
Certificate - standard 10 working days from payment receipt
Certificate - full 30 working days from payment receipt
Letter of enquiry 10 working days from payment receipt
Contour mapping 5 working days from payment receipt

Letter of Enquiry

A letter of enquiry is used to determine whether a residential unit can be used for permanent living or just holiday accommodation.  This is used for those wishing to find out this information without having to purchase a standard certificate. 

Please note that a Letter of Enquiry is not a legal substitute for a Standard Planning Certificate.

Contour mapping disclaimer

The information provided on Cairns Regional Council's contour mapping is for information purposes only.

Please note that while every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on the mapping is correct and up to date, Council does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability of any such information and makes no warranty or representation about its accuracy.

Cairns Regional Council is not responsible to you for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred by you as a result of any error, omission or misrepresentation in relation to this mapping. You should not place reliance on the information contained in or on the contour mapping where such reliance may result in loss, damage or injury. Council excludes, to the maximum extent permitted by law, any liability (including, without limitation, liability in negligence) which may arise as a result of your use or the use by any person of the mapping, its content or the information in it.This information and mapping data remains the property of Cairns Regional Council and is not to be reproduced or relied upon in the preparation of any Application to Council. Site contours should be confirmed by an appropriate survey conducted by a suitably qualified professional and such survey is at the sole expense and responsibility of any person who seeks to rely on site contour information

Last updated: 24 April 2017