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 involve any works component that requires development approval. Some D (Discretionary) uses are also exempted where they meet certain conditions as outlined in the Planning and Development (Local Planning Schemes) Regulations 2015.
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.