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Building and Plumbing


Thinking of building, developing or investing in Cook Shire? 

Council's Building and Planning team are an invaluable source of information for those wishing to build, develop or invest in our region. Appointments with our building and planning experts are encouraged before you commit to buying or building property in Cook Shire. Contact Council's Building and Planning team to arrange a meeting to discuss your project further.

Building Forms 

Please see the forms and templates section of the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.

Planning on building or doing renovations?

You may need to lodge a Building Application. You can access the building forms you will need from the building forms section of the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Making a Building Application? 

Council developed a Building Applications Checklist to ensure you have satisfied all requirements.


Installing new plumbing or renovating your bathroom?

You may need to lodge a Plumbing Application - download our Plumbing Application Checklist to ensure you have all the paperwork required. You can access the plumbing forms you will need from the Queensland Government Department of Housing and Public Works webpage.


The Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC) has recognised the need to develop comprehensive, structured and practical manuals to identify minimum standards and promote consistency in development requirements throughout the Far North Queensland region.

Click here for more information on the FNQROC Development Manual.


For further information contact Cook Shire Council's Building and Planning team.

P | 4082 0500     E |


ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday