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
- Other (Busking, Laser Skirmish etc.).
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 Unit on (07) 4977 6821 to seek advice.
Annual Commercial Activities
Annual 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.
Temporary Commercial Activities
There are two durations available for Temporary Commercial Activities;
- Temporary - Activity Duration 0 - 4 weeks (Max 11 times per year from start of approval before annual approval required)
- Temporary - Activity Duration 4 - 12 weeks (Max 3 times per year from start of approval before annual approval required)
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 in March each year. See copy of guidlines here.
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 form is to be completed in its entirety including submitting all relevant information required on the form. Your application will not be accepted or processed without the form being completed, applicable fee paid and all required documentation attached. Your application may not be approved.
Link to Commercial Activity Forms (Click Here)
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 form and transfer fee are to be submitted to Councils Environmental Health Unit. Link to Commercial Activity Forms (Click Here)
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