COVID-19 Response Investment Incentive Policy
Council has adopted the COVID-19 Response Investment Incentive Policy - effective 12 August 2020 until 30 June 2022.
The Policy aims to support small scale development, such as those being considered by “mum and dad” investors, where infrastructure charges may be a barrier. In doing so, it will provide an economic stimulus for the Cairns development and construction industries and local employment across the region.
Read more and check your eligibility for the COVID-19 investment incentive.
If you are thinking of doing any building, remodelling work, extensions or renovating, you may have to apply for Building Development Approval. The web pages below provide general advice about building, swimming pool safety, lodging building approval documentation in Cairns and Council’s involvement with this activity.
Guidelines and information on managing building activity to prevent pollution and erosion, and to protect our environment. More
Cyclone affected region
The Cairns Regional Council area is a cyclonic region as specified in the Building Code of Australia. Because of this, construction detailing and tie-down requirements are more stringent than in non-cyclonic zones.
You may request a copy of your approved building plans, but Council cannot guarantee that all plans are available for older properties.
Complaints about unlawful building or development work (eg, illegal buildings or structures, swimming pools and fencing) can be submitted in writing to Council, lodged via our online form or you can contact Customer Service to lodge your complaint.
Dial before you Dig
Before you carry out any ground works, you should telephone 1100 or visit www.1100.com.au to find out what services are underground.
This information is provided as a general guide only. For more information and to discuss your specific requirements, contact Council's Building Services team.