I have a vacant shopfront

Brisbane City Council is encouraging activation of empty shops in suburban centres by providing:

  • sample pop-up occupancy licence clauses
  • help to find a suitable pop-up tenant
  • grants for the first 12 eligible property owners.

Review the Suburban Shopfront Activation disclaimer before considering registering your interest.

An active storefront is more appealing and marketable than an empty shop. A pop-up occupancy licence will allow you to lease your property for the short-term, providing temporary activation while still marketing the property for a long-term tenant.

If you are the owner of a premises in a suburban shopping strip that has been vacant for more than six weeks, you can register your interest in getting help to find a temporary tenant. You can also use Council’s sample pop-up occupancy licence clauses to enter into an agreement.

Places in the pilot program are limited and subject to an assessment of suitability and acceptable land use by Council.

The premises need to be:

  • outside of the Brisbane Central Business District
  • vacant, unused or awaiting redevelopment
  • located in suburban shopping strips (not indoor shopping centres)
  • safe for immediate use
  • usable with functioning utilities (e.g. electricity)
  • available for short-term use (minimum of 30 days).

Sample pop-up occupancy licence clauses

As a property owner, you can consider and use the sample pop-up occupancy licence clauses as a guide. This will help to minimise administrative and legal costs and allow you to organise the temporary occupation of the pop-up space as quickly as possible.

Help finding a pop-up tenant

Council maintains a register of emerging businesses that are interested in utilising pop-up spaces to help them grow. Council’s Business Liaison Officers can work with you to help find a suitable tenant for your space.

How to participate

  1. If you have a vacant property and would like to participate, complete the vacant suburban shopfront online form to provide some high-level information about the property.
  2. Council’s Business Liaison Officers will then be in contact to discuss the property and help match a suitable temporary tenant.
  3. Once a suitable tenant is found, you enter into an occupancy agreement directly with the tenant.
  4. When you have a signed occupancy agreement with a tenant as a result of participating in Council's Suburban Shopfront Activation program, you may be eligible to apply for a Suburban Shopfront Activation Grant.

Suburban Shopfront Activation disclaimer

Brisbane City Council provides no warranty regarding the suitability, accuracy, reliability, fitness for purpose, effectiveness, benefits of or outcomes from any content, products, information or materials provided through these webpages, forms and related documents in support of the Suburban Shopfront Activation Initiative. Participants use and rely upon the content, products, information and documents at their own risk.

Whilst Brisbane City Council will use its best endeavours, no responsibility is accepted for the suitability or fitness for purpose of any introduction, matching or partnering of property owners with interested start-ups, businesses for the vacant spaces and no endorsement or validation is implied or offered by Council by reason of that introduction. Participants must satisfy themselves through their own checks, enquiries and /or inspections in that regard.

Brisbane City Council provides no representation, warranty or guarantee as to any outcome, benefit or advantage, tangible or intangible, arising from or in relation to any opportunity or introduction offered, accepted or declined by a participant in the Initiative and Brisbane City Council accepts no liability for any loss, damage, debts, costs, or expenses incurred or attaching to a participant through its involvement with this Initiative.

Last updated:12 June 2020