Changing the use of existing premises
Important information relating to changing the use of existing premises.
Starting a business within existing premises may need approval for a change of use or classification. When needed, this will typically involve development approval for a change of use under the local planning scheme (Planning and Development Act 2005), and an occupancy permit for a change of classification under the building codes (Building Act 2011).
Development approval for a change of use is needed when the proposed business is classified as a different use from the one it is currently approved for under the local planning scheme. For example, a restaurant moving into premises formerly approved for use as a shop.
Development approval may not be required when the new business is permitted use under the local planning scheme and does not result in a greater car parking requirements than the existing approved use.
An occupancy permit will be needed when the new business falls within a different classification under the building codes than the premises is currently approved. For example, a Class 5 building (office) proposed to be used as a Class 6 building (shop or restaurant).
When an internal fit out is proposed, a building permit may be required for the works - and depending on the type of business, additional approvals may be needed.
For further information please refer to the links below or contact the City on 9272 0622.