Approval to use public areas and roads - Douglas Shire Council - Queensland


You will need this approval to undertake temporary activities on public land and roads. This includes activities such as:

  • driving or leading animals to cross a road
  • depositing goods or materials such as building or gardening materials, skip bins, shipping containers, temporary fencing
  • temporary use of car parking spaces
  • holding a public place activity.

A public place activity can refer to any of the following:

  • placing a display or information booth
  • conducting a social gathering or meeting of more than 50 people
  • exercising a right of occupation and use of a specified part of a council area by an incorporated association
  • conducting a street parade, festival, fundraiser, vintage car display, novelty vehicle race or training event.

If you require development approval and receive approval for your activities on public land as part of that approval process, you will not need to obtain a separate approval.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Certain conditions may be placed on your approval, such as:

  • making periodic payments to the council or local authority
  • making facilities installed under the approval available for use by the public at specified times or other specified periods
  • taking specified precautions to protect the safety of persons who enter the land subject to the approval
  • proper maintenance of equipment and facilities
  • holding specified public liability insurance cover
  • abide by other legislation and standards to undertake the activity (e.g. food licence, WHS requirements).


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $166.00

Deposit goods on public land. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $166.00

Goods on footpath. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All -

Goods on footpath - per square meter fee:

  • Port Douglas, Macrosson Street only: $59.00
  • Port Douglas other and Mossman, Front Street only: $50.00
  • Mossman other: $28.00
  • all other: $18.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All -

Additional fees may apply, please contact your council for information on fees to be submitted.

Renew Renewal All $166.00

Goods on footpath. Fees for 2023-24

Transfer Transfer All $166.00

Goods on footpath. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Administering agency

Douglas Shire Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.