Opening and operating a shop
If you would like to set up a shop, you can use the following information to find out if your project needs planning approval.
- liquor store
- department store
- discount department store
- discount variety store
- betting agency
- corner store.
A shop does not include the following activities, which are all separately defined in the City Plan:
- outdoor sales
- hardware and trade supplies
- garden centre
- adult store
- agricultural supplies store
- bulk landscape supplies
- food and drink outlet.
Shops are also encouraged in Commercial character buildings.
Not all shops need Brisbane City Council approval.
A PD Online property enquiry can help you determine if the proposal requires Council approval. You can also phone 07 3403 8888 to speak to a town planner.
If no development application is required, this is your proof that you have established your business lawfully. If the nature of your business changes over time, for example you change the way you operate, you may need to reconfirm whether a development approval is required or not as a result of these changes.
Building approval is separate from planning approval. Licensed private building certifiers or building consultants can provide advice regarding:
- building work for an existing shop or a new shop
- if any building approval is required.
Private building certifiers and building consultants can be found using the Queensland Building and Construction Commission's Find a Local Contractor search.
Other approvals to consider
If your proposed shop requires a planning approval or your premises are located within a neighbourhood plan area or overlay area, contact Council's Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263) for advice specific to your situation.