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Commercial Activities on Council Land
Under Council's Local Laws, the following commercial use of Local Government controlled areas and roads require an approval prior to operating:
- Commercial beach activities
- Commercial fitness activities
- Mobile roadside vending (hail only)
- Stationery vending
- Other (laser skirmish etc).
The following commercial use of Local Government controlled areas and roads do not require an approval to operate, unless they fall outside the set minimum standards outlined in the Subordinate Local Law no. 1.2 (Commercial Use of Local Government Controlled Areas and Roads) 2016:
- Display of goods for sale on footpath
- Footpath dining.
As all commercial uses are included in the approval requirements, if you believe your activity may require an approval but doesn't fit within the above categories, please contact Council 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
Temporary commercial activity approvals are available for application for short term permits, for a maximum of 3 months from start of approval. If your activity changes you will be required to submit another application. To continue your activity, you would be required to apply for another application or seek annual approval.
Applying for a new commercial activity approval or altering an existing approval
This section applies to proposed new or alterations to existing approvals. Prior to applying to operate a new commercial activity on Council land or alter existing premises, ensure any relevant planning, trade waste, building and/or plumbing approvals have been granted.
An application for approval is to be made to Council 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 fees paid, and all necessary documentation attached.
Commercial Activity Permit - Beach, Fitness, Other
Commercial Activity Permit Stationary, Mobile Roadside Vending
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.
For Stationery Vending Applications approval is granted by Council Resolution, this process can take up to 8 weeks.
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 (Commercial Use of Local Government Controlled Areas and Roads) 2011 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.
Applying to transfer an approval
Transferring approval into a new owner’s name requires the licensee details for the premises to be amended and confirmation that the operation of the activities will continue by the new owners. The relevant form and transfer fees are to be submitted to Council.
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 need to apply for and undergo an ‘amendment’ to the licence.
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