Planning

We have a professional and qualified planning team that prides itself on offering friendly and efficient services to the community. The team is more than happy to take your call or meet face-to-face to talk through your proposed development or general planning enquiry. We offer a free pre-lodgement service to assist in identifying potential issues and solutions as early as possible. We apply a common-sense approach to ensuring development proposals achieve compliance with the planning requirements while minimising red tape and helping to achieve the best outcome for your development.

We have a responsibility to ensure appropriate planning is undertaken and adhered to for fair and equitable development. This involves ensuring construction and alterations of buildings and structures (including signs) meet building and town planning requirements.

Property owners have an obligation to follow the procedures and processes needed to ensure safe development. You will need to understand your responsibilities before undertaking any construction or alterations. Development applications must be completed using approved forms.

Planning and development manuals for the region are available from Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils.

Trunk infrastructure is significant or higher order infrastructure that supports large areas or catchments, such as water supply, parks and road networks for an entire neighbourhood.

We levy infrastructure charges as part of the development assessment process to help pay the cost of providing additional trunk infrastructure because of increased demand. These charges apply when a subdivision (reconfiguring a lot) or material change of use generates additional demand on trunk infrastructure networks.

Check the requirements before undertaking any work.