Commercial Activities on Local Government Controlled Areas & Roads Commercial Activities on Local Government Controlled Areas & Roads

Gladstone Regional Council adopted new local laws for commencement on 1 December 2011.  As part of these local laws, all commercial use of Local Government controlled areas and roads require an approval prior to operating.  There are six major categories of businesses including:

  • Commercial Beach Activities
  • Commercial Fitness Activities
  • Display of Goods for Sale on Footpath
  • Footpath Dining
  • Mobile Roadside Vending (Hail Only)
  • Stationery Vending
  • Busking

As all commercial uses are included in the approval requirements, if you believe your activity may require an approval but doesn't clearly fit within the above categories, please contact Council's Environmental Health section on (07) 4977 6821 to seek advice.

Commercial activity approvals are renewable with an expiry date of 30 June each year.  Annual fees are pro-rata therefore if you apply for a new approval at a different time throughout the financial year; you will receive a discount on the annual fee based on which quarter of the year the application was made.  Approvals may also be transferred upon sale of the business.

Commercial Activities on Council Controlled Land - Expression of Interest (Renewal of existing permits)

Gladstone Regional Council invites existing permit holders under Council's Local Laws and persons interested in conducting commercial activities on Council controlled land to submit an Expression of Interest to conduct such activities for the 2015/2016 licence period.

On 4th September 2012, Council adopted the Commercial Activities on Council Land Policy that outlines the framework and principles for making decisions about the allocation and use of community land for commercial activities. The policy outlines the approval process which includes an annual Expression of Interest (EOI) advertising period each year. As such, Council is undertaking this period from 2nd March 2015 – 31st March 2015.

The following links to Council application forms and information sheet will assist applicants in preparing their expressions of interest:

A Guide to Commercial Activities Expressions of Interest click here.

Application forms for commercial activities on Council controlled land:

AF-COA01 – Commercial Beach Activities – Application Form

AF-COA03 – Commericial Fitness Activities / Other – Application Form

Applications are to be lodged with the applicable application fee at the following:
Post: Gladstone Regional Council, Regulatory Services, PO Box 29, Gladstone Qld 4680
Fax: 07 4975 8500
In person: At any Gladstone Regional Council Customer Service Centre

Applying for a New Commercial Activity Approval or Altering an Existing Approval

This section applies to proposed new or alterations to existing approvals. 
Note: Prior to submitting an application to operate a new commercial activity on Council land or alter existing premises, you need to ensure any relevant Planning, Trade Waste, Building and/or Plumbing approvals have been granted.

Step 1: Application Submission

An application for approval is to be made to Council's Environmental Health Unit along with the relevant form, fee and plans. The relevant new application form is to be completed in its entirety including submitting all relevant information required on the form.

AF-COA01 – Commercial Beach Activities – Application Form

AF-COA03 - Commercial Fitness Activities - Other - Application Form

AF-COA05 – Footpath Dining –  Application Form

AF-COA07 – Display of Goods on Footpath – Application Form

AF-COA09 – Stationary Vending – Application Form

AF-COA11 – Mobile Roadside Vending – Application Form

AF-COA13 - Busking - Application Form

Step 2: Application Assessment

Council's Environmental Health Unit will assess the application against the relevant requirements of the Local Law No. 1 (Administration) 2011, Subordinate Local Law No. 1.2 (Commercial Use of Local Government Controlled Areas and Roads) 2011 and any relevant Council Policies.  If additional information is required, an Environmental Health Officer will contact you to discuss further.  A determination on your application will be made to see if your activity is suitable in the area proposed, for which you will be notified in writing and invoiced for the applicable annual licence fee.

Step 3: Application Approval

Your approval to operate will be sent to you once the relevant annual fee has been received.  Approvals are granted with conditions relevant for the respective activities based on the conditions outlined in Subordinate Local Law No. 1.2 and the activities proposed.

Sale of Business (Transferring an existing approval)
This section applies to businesses that have undergone a sale and have new owners.

Step 1: Applying to Transfer an Approval

To transfer the approval into the new owners name requires for the licensee details for the premises to be amended and confirmation on details of the operation of the activities by the new owners.  The relevant transfer form and transfer fee are to be submitted to Councils Environmental Health Unit.

AF-COA02 - Commercial Beach Activities – Transfer Application Form
AF-COA04 - Commercial Fitness Activities - Other - Application Form - Transfer
AF-COA06 - Footpath Dining – Transfer Application Form
AF-COA08 - Display of Goods on Footpath – Transfer Application Form
AF-COA10 - Stationary Vending – Transfer Application Form
AF-COA12 - Mobile Roadside Vending – Transfer Application Form

Step 2: Issuing the Approval to Operate

Your approval to operate will be sent to you once the transfer application form has been assessed.  Transfer of approvals that propose different activities than those approved under the existing approval will require an amendment to the existing approval and more detailed assessment.

Contact Council's Environmental Health Unit for further information:
Phone:   (07) 4977 6821
Fax:   (07) 4975 8500
Address:  PO Box 29, Gladstone Qld 4680
In Person:  Gladstone Office, 101 Goondoon Street, Gladstone