Preparing a DA and pre-lodgement advice

It is recommended that you engage a private town planner, surveyor or building certifier for help in preparing your development application.

Cairns Regional Council can provide assistance with your planning application, including:

  • initial advice enquiries through Planner of the Day
  • Pre-lodgement development advice services including site-specific written advice
  • Town Planning Certificates

Planner of the Day

Council's Planner of the Day 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 townplanner@cairns.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 692 247 during business hours.

There are a number of ways to gain advice about planning and development in Cairns, including the following:

  1. online tools and information via CairnsPlan 2016 Property Reporting tool and Factsheets.
  2. request for Prelodgement Advice
  3. obtain a copy of previous development applications and approvals via DA Online
  4. request for written information
  5. Planner of the Day service

Pre-lodgement advice

Council's pre-lodgement service is a free* development advice service.  It gives you and Council officers an opportunity to consider the key issues relevant to the assessment of a proposal prior to lodging an application.

The intent of this service is to resolve any issues before lodgement.  Depending on the complexity of issues involved, prelodgement advice may be given as a written response or a prelodgement meeting.

As a minimum, a person using this service should:

Any person using 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.
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Last updated: 30 August 2019