CairnsPlan 2016 Version 1.2

The CairnsPlan 2016 is Cairns Regional Council's plan for the future development and sustainable growth of Cairns. CairnsPlan 2016 is a balanced plan that encourages growth while maintaining the qualities and characteristics that make the Cairns region special.

Current Version

The CairnsPlan 2016 Version 1.2 is the current version of the planning scheme which was adopted by Cairns Regional Council on 6 December 2017 and commenced on and from 11 December 2017.

The CairnsPlan 2016 is made up of two key components: the document and the associated maps. The maps are available as PDF maps or can be viewed using the interactive mapping.

CairnsPlan 2016 Property Reports

Generate a property report using Council's CairnsPlan 2016 Property Report tool.


Planning scheme amendments are required from time to time to keep the CairnsPlan 2016 up to date and operating effectively.

Each time an amendment is adopted, a superseded planning scheme is created.

Provide feedback on the CairnsPlan 2016

Cairns Regional Council is committed to continuously improving the CairnsPlan 2016 and ensuring it stays up to date through an ongoing program of amendments. As part of this program, we would like to hear your feedback on the CairnsPlan 2016 and your suggestions for improvements.

  • To provide feedback, please complete the online feedback form. Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming that your feedback has been received.

You will be advised when amendments are available for review and comment. Please note that undertaking amendments to the CairnsPlan 2016 involves research, consultation and review from both Council and the State Government and this process can take more than 6 months.

If you have any enquiries about the amendments process, please contact

More information

For enquiries, phone us on 1300 69 22 47 or email  You can also sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date with planning scheme matters.

Last updated: 24 August 2018