Forms & permits

Building & development

Information for the building and development industry, property owners and solicitors acting on behalf of vendors. Applications and forms for building plans, house relocation, siting dispensation and more. More

Business activities

Forms to apply for Council approval to conduct certain types of business activity including food, entertainment, accommodation, advertising, business parking, general activities, trade waste and business recycling. More


Information and forms for burials including graves, mausoleums, niches, memory garden sites and inurnment. More

Community tenure (occupying Council property)

Forms and guidelines relating to community tenure of Council property. More

Direct debit

A Direct Debit arrangement will allow you to make regular payments in advance towards your Rates or Water Usage Notice. Payments can be debited from your savings or cheque account weekly, fortnightly, monthly (Rates only) or in full. More

Drinking water quality

Council maintains a register of high risk stakeholders (eg elderly, immuno-compromised) who would be significantly affected by a water quality failure. We give priority notification to registered people in the event of a potential water quality issue. More

Facilities, sport and recreation

Information & applications for: weddings at Botanic Gardens and Sugarworld Gardens; use of Barlow Park; hire of Council facilities & parklands; and bookings for use of parklands, reserves and foreshores. More

Filming & photography

Application form for commercial filming and photography within the Cairns Regional Council local government area. More

Local laws

Council has local laws covering a range of business activities including Accommodation Premises, Outdoor/alfresco Dining, Vegetation, and nuisances such as noise and dust. More


Information and applications for parking permits, including hire of parking bay, Lake Street parking station, Grafton Street parking station, replacement or transfer of parking permit label. More

Pets & animal management

Information & applications for: dog registration; guide dog, hearing dog and assistance dog registration; noisy bird permit; pet shop, cattery, kennel. More

Plumbing services

Plumbing assessment and inspections, compliance certificates on plumbing work on all buildings in the Cairns regional area. Inspection and testing on water supply and sewage installation in new subdivisions and approval of applications for buildings. More

Rates & property

Rates forms and applications including Change of Address, Land Record Search, Pensioner rate remission application, Notice of Objection against Categorisation. More

Right to Information

The Right to Information Act (2009) replaces the old Freedom of Information Act 1992 (FOI), and the Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP) which replaces the former information standards. More

Roads & easements

Forms & permits for: temporary road closure and traffic control; transport abnormal load on Council managed road; undertake sporting, social or commercial filming activity on road reserve; locate temporary structure on an easement. More

Trade waste

Information & applications for: trade waste handling; liquid waste; grease arrestors; prohibited substances. More

Waste & recycling

Information & applications for: new wheelie bin; replacement wheelie bin; repair wheelie bin. More

Water billing

Information & applications for: water fees & charges; metered standpipes; rates & water overpayment; water meter testing. More

Water Services & Subdivisional Connections

Information & applications for new residential water service; rural water service; commercial water service; subdivisional connections; water service relocation; subsidiary water meter; alterations to sewer and water mains. More

Last updated: 16 June 2020