The right planning advice can mean the difference between a business that booms and a business that goes bust.

Getting Change of Plan to manage your planning application, speeds up the process and reduces your stress. Let us take care of the exhausting town planning tasks for you. We know exactly what information council requires and how to present it so delays are minimal and you can get on with running your business.

Change of Use Planning Applications

Even if you are looking at putting your business in an existing building, did you know you may need a planning permit? Some uses require planning approval and these applications are called change of use applications. We help new businesses start and established businesses grow by helping them with their change of use application. Looking to start a gym and considering a warehouse? Looking to establish a medical centre in a residential house? We have handled many of these applications and can assist you with preliminary advice to select the right property. We can manage the application on your behalf, providing written support for your chosen business and location.

Signage Planning Applications

Some signage in Commercial and Industrial zones are as of right and don’t require a planning permit, but any business signage in a residential zone will. As part of an application you will need details of what will be on the signs, the dimensions of the signs, details of any illumination and the location of the sign. You can bundle an application for signage in as part of a combined application, or seek a planning permit for signage once your business is established.

Applications for Car Parking Waivers

For some businesses the only trigger for a planning permit will be for a car parking waiver. Since the introduction of exemptions for car parking waivers of up to 10 spaces in commercial zones, the number of businesses that will need just a car parking waiver has been reduced significantly, but it may still apply to you so you should look over all of the controls carefully. Many businesses will need to apply for a combined use or buildings and works application with a car parking waiver. We can provide a car parking demand assessment and justification for the car parking waiver. For some applications a Traffic Study will need to be prepared by a traffic engineer and we can assist with organising that for you.

Buildings And Works Applications

Often constructing a building or works associated with your business will need a planning permit. As a general guide if the project will increase the floor area, such as adding a mezzanine to your warehouse, or extending your shop or business area, a planning permit will be required. It is not just new shops or offices that require a planning permit, as even fairly minor works such as changing the shop front can trigger the requirement for a planning permit. We can provide you with advice on which parts of your project will require planning approval and guide you through the process of getting a planning permit.

Planning Permit Success For Your Business

It’s important to choose a property and location that is suitable for your business and make sure that you don’t get unworkable conditions placed on your permit.  View some of our recent success projects.

Melanie Ellis is the owner of Change of Plan, meaning she knows the challenges and excitement involved in starting, running and growing a business. Being a business owner herself she knows the value of expert advice, and is passionate about providing the best planning advice to your business.

Melanie and her team can provide professional advice on whether a particular zoning is suitable for your proposed business and which zone may best suit your particular niche business. We can also review your business model so that it fits in with council requirements. For example, if you’re starting a new café, we can provide advice on the number of hours and number of patrons to request.

Want your business to hit the ground running? Change of Plan is here to help! Call us on 8595 4337 and get your business on the right track.