Setting up an office
Brisbane City Plan 2014 defines an office as the use of a premises for an administrative, secretarial or management service or the practice of a profession, where no goods or materials are made, sold or hired and where the principal activity involves:
- providing business or professional advice
- service of goods that are not physically on the premises
- providing office-based administration for an organisation.
Examples of an office include a bank, real estate agent and an administration building.
It does not include a home based business.
The City Plan encourages office uses in commercial character buildings.
Not all offices need Brisbane City Council approval.
A PD Online property enquiry can help you determine if the proposal requires Council approval. You can also phone Council on 07 3403 8888 to speak to a town planner.
If the nature of your business changes over time, you may need to reconfirm whether you require a development approval as a result.
Building approval is separate from planning approval. Licensed private building certifiers or building consultants can provide advice regarding:
- building work for an existing office or a new office
- if you require any building approval.
Private building certifiers and building consultants are available using the Queensland Building and Construction Commission's find a local contractor search.
Other approvals to consider
Phone Council's Business Hotline 133 BNE (133 263) for advice specific to your situation if:
- your proposed office requires planning approval, or
- your premises are within a neighbourhood plan area, or overlay.
For more information, read Council's fact sheets: