Monument approval - Cairns Regional Council - Queensland


You will need this approval to erect or install a monument in a council-controlled cemetery. A monument includes any memorial, columbarium, mausoleum or vault.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You will need to ensure that a monument meets all conditions, which may include:

  • constructing it from a weather resistant material
  • having the approved number of interments
  • having the approved inscription (including any additional wording or emblems)
  • being erected on a new grave within one calendar year of the burial - in the event of non-compliance with this requirement, the council may erect the necessary standing memorial with no further consultation on the design or wording.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $90.00

Refurbishment, headstone installation. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $170.00

Vault installation. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All -

Fees vary for columbarium walls, please contact your council for information on fees to be submitted.

Apply Application All -

Fees vary for mausoleums, please contact your council for information on fees to be submitted.

Apply Application All $90.00

Plaque installation fee applicable to lawn plaque beam sections within: Martyn St Cairns, Forest View, Gordonvale & Nelson Road Cemetery, Babinda, also applicable to Granite columbarium wall. 

Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $204.00

Plaque installation fee (other sections) - applies ONLY to Forest View Cemetery & Monumental sections at Cairns, Gordonvale & old Babinda cemeteries. 

Fees for 2021-22

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process


You may need to provide the following with your application:

  • the particulars of the deceased and your relationship to the deceased
  • the particulars of the funeral director / agent (as applicable)
  • the size of the container holding the ashes (if applicable)
  • identify the burial site, wall, niche number, or other place in which the monument is to be erected or installed
  • the consent of the holder of the burial rights
  • state the nature and dimensions of the proposed memorial
  • the particulars of the stone mason or monumental company (as applicable)
  • documentation that provides for the maintenance and repair of the structure
  • documentation stating that if the structure is not to be maintained by the council, the council is to be authorised to demolish and remove the structure if it falls into disrepair.

If a developmental approval is required, for the erection or installation of the proposed memorial, the application must be accompanied by a copy of the relevant approval.

Administering agency

Cairns Regional Council

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Cairns Regional Council

Operating address: 119 - 145 Spence Street
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Mailing address: PO BOX 359
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Phone: 1300 692 247
Website: Cairns Regional Council (Opens in new window)

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