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Registering business premises with Council
Relevant approvals and certificates are required to be obtained before commencing or changing the use of business premises.
In most cases you will need to submit a Development Application and obtain a Construction Certificate before commencing the use of a premises or carrying out any building work, including any fit-out work.
Sometimes, only a Complying Development Certificate is required to be obtained from Council or an accredited certifier and some changes of a similar-type use premises may not require Council approval, subject to certain exempt development requirements being met.
As part of its responsibilities in maintaining public health and safety, certain types of premises to be registered with Council prior to commencing the use of the business.
Council's Environmental Health Officers and Building Surveyors carry out inspections of these premises from time-to-time, to ensure that relevant public health and fire safety requirements are being satisfied.
Types of premises to be registered
The following types of premises must be registered with Council:
- all permanent and temporary food business premises
- skin penetration businesses including ear piercing, tattooing, and manicuring
- hairdressing and beauty salons PDF, 145.42 KB
- licensed bars and hotels
- buildings containing cooling towers and warm water systems
- childcare centres providing or serving food
- on-site sewage management systems, including greywater treatment systems
- places of shared accommodation, including boarding houses, backpackers, B&Bs, hotels, motels and tourist accommodation
- entertainment venue or licensed premises, including hotels, nightclubs, registered clubs, discos, function centres and other licensed premises providing entertainment
- premises providing sexual service PDF, 145.42 KBs including brothels.
The following changes for these premises must also be registered with Council:
- change of proprietor or business manager
- change in business operations
- change of addresses.
The operation and maintenance of premises must comply with the relevant laws, standards and approvals. Where the premises don't comply, Council can issue on-the-spot fines and give directions to comply.
Where there is a serious breach Council can start legal proceedings, which may result in a significant penalty.
Council's Environmental Health and Building officers can inspect business premises to check compliance. After the inspection, Council will send an invoice for the inspection which must be paid within a set period. The fee is set out in the City Planning section of Council's Fees and Charges.