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It’s an exciting time when you move your business into new premises. But as well as the new layout, fit out, and more, it’s also important to be aware of any approval considerations. Depending on the nature of your business, in some cases, you may be required to obtain approval to change the use of your business premises.

There are two ways you can go about lodging a Change of Use application, which will depend on the type of approval required. Your business’ Change of Use application can be approved either through a Development Application to your local Council, or by acquiring a Complying Development Certificate from a Private Certifier.

As an example, some situations that require a Change of Use application include:

  • Replacing an existing warehouse with a factory
  • Changing an office to a retail store
  • Changing a retail store, such as a cafe, to a hairdresser
  • Changing a two-story residential house to a childcare centre
  • Any addition of a skin-penetrating procedure, such as tattooing, as these must follow strict health requirements

If undertaken incorrectly, the process of achieving a Change of Use (Commercial) can be lengthy, time-consuming, and bring up more roadblocks than expected.

At CIVAC, we help you receive Change of Use approval for your new business premises. We streamline the process and manage the procedure for you, from start to finish. Our experienced Project Managers understand all the requirements and legislation that govern the process.

We ensure you tick all the boxes in your application, to enable the timely issuing of your Change of Use, and liaise with the Council and/or the Private Certifier during the entire process.

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