Building and Plumbing
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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.

Financial incentives for residential housing development

Council's Residential Housing Development Incentive Policy provides up to $35,000 in incentives for multiple dwelling or dual occupancy developments in Cook Shire. Single dwellings built on vacant land for an owner occupier can also receive up to $10,000 in rates relief under the policy. The policy remains in effect until 30 July 2025 or when the maximum cumulative incentive value of $250,000 has been reached. For more information, read the policy here, or to apply download the application form here.

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.

Please note: New legislation states that some low risk work can use “Fast Track Application”, however, Cook Shire Council has opted out by resolution at an Ordinary Council Meeting held on November 25 2019 and all plumbing applications are processed under the mandatory standard application process.

Trade Waste

Trade waste is the liquid waste generate from any industry, business, trade or manufacturing processes other than human waste, or waste that is a prohibited substance. All discharges must comply with the Sewer Admission Limits set out in Council's Trade Waste Environmental Management Plan. 

For more information on Trade Waste, click here.


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.

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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