Commercial Town Planning

Change of Use

The need to obtain development approval for a change of land use is common for businesses establishing themselves at new premises, or wishing to expand the range of services they offer. Such approval may be required regardless of whether this involves any physical construction works or not.

This is because non-residential zoned lots can facilitate to a variety of different uses, meaning that the same physical development within a site can impart a wide range of different impacts towards the locality. For instance, a premise such as a warehouse used for storage would behave much more differently in terms of matters such as visitor numbers, traffic, and waste generation, compared to if the same building were converted to a supermarket. For this reason, land use must be considered in respect to the relevant local planning scheme, which outlines the permissibility of uses according to different zones. Land uses also have implications in regards to local planning requirements relating to operational matters such as parking and vehicle access.

Commercial Town Planning for Change of Use
Commercial Town Planning for Signage

Signage

Signage is an important aspect to consider for commercial developments, particularly in the case of businesses being established at new premises.

Development approval can often be required for new signage being proposed, depending on the nature of the signage and local planning requirements. This even applies in instances where existing signs are ‘painted over’.

Signage

Signage is an important aspect to consider for commercial developments, particularly in the case of businesses being established at new premises.

Development approval can often be required for new signage being proposed, depending on the nature of the signage and local planning requirements. This even applies in instances where existing signs are ‘painted over’.

Commercial Town Planning for Signage

Extension of Use

Similar to change of use applications, applications for extension of use can be required in instances where a particular development had only been approved for a specified amount of time. For instance, a kiosk being approved to operate at a site for only one year.

Commercial Town Planning for Extension of Use

Other Applications

For information about Alterations and Additions, Retrospective Developments, and Time Extensions, please see Other Applications.
Other Applications