Business and Industrial Development

Running a business from home

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You can operate a business from your home without needing a Planning Permit if you satisfy the Home Occupation requirements of the Darebin Planning Scheme.

You can operate a business from your home without needing a Planning Permit if you satisfy the Home Occupation requirements of the Darebin Planning Scheme.

If you cannot satisfy the Home Occupation requirements you should you should contact the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

The Home Occupation information sheets details the requirements of a home occupation and what information is required to lodge an application for a planning permit for a home occupation.

Commercial and Industrial developments

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A planning permit may be required to construct a new building or make alterations to an existing building in a commercial or industrial area.

To establish if you require a planning permit you should contact the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

In determining if a planning permit should be issued for the development, we may take into consideration:

  • If the development responds to the surrounding built form and environment;
  • If the impacts on the surrounding and nearby properties are reasonable; and
  • If sufficient car parking, loading bay and bicycle facilities have been provided.

Pre-application meeting
Pre-application meetings are for people who intend to lodge a planning permit application.  You can meet with our planning staff prior to lodgement for advice and assistance in the preliminary stages of the planning and design process.

Benefits of pre-application meetings
Pre-application meetings are helpful in identifying key issues that may be important to the future use of the property. The intention of the meeting is to conduct an open and productive forum whereby all parties work towards a high quality outcome.  Pre-application meetings should also give some level of certainty about the outcome of the application to ensure a smoother and more efficient process of the application.

Advice given in a pre-application meeting
Pre-application meetings are not able to investigate every detail covered through the formal assessment process once the application is lodged. Given the time available and the level of detail it is impossible to give a thorough assessment at this stage. We give advice in good faith and we are not bound in any future decisions.

Types of applications appropriate for pre-application meetings
Any type of development is appropriate for pre-application meetings. However, we strongly encourage applications that may fall into the following categories:

  • Medium to large scale commercial developments
  • Applications that involve complex issues requiring strategic or policy direction.

Pre-application meeting topics
At the meeting you can discuss such issues as:

  • Initial concepts
  • Detailed design aspects
  • Any other requirements 
Our planning officers will give their professional opinion on the proposal and provide guidance where possible. However, it must be remembered that the meeting is not intended to pre-empt the outcome of the application. Once the planning application is lodged it will need to undergo a thorough assessment against the provisions of the Darebin Planning Scheme.

Preparing for a pre-application meeting
Preparation is essential!  The quality of advice given depends on the level of detail and accuracy of the information presented to the planner. It is essential the you research the proposal and identify relevant issues to raise at the meeting.

You should provide as much detail as possible about the proposal. The following checklist may be of assistance.

  • A full copy of title that is no more than three months old
  • Photographs of the site and the surrounding area in particular the neighbouring adjacent properties and the streetscape and any significantly sized vegetation

A neighborhood and site description plan showing:

  • Existing buildings on site
  • Location of buildings on at least four adjoining properties (including habitable room windows and private open space areas).
  • A concept plan at 1:100 showing detail such as the proposed building footprint at all storeys, window placement and the internal layout of all buildings. And also including the following:
  • Earthworks – any cut and fill and possible locations for retaining walls.
  • Location of existing vegetation.
  • Location of car parking facilities and vehicle access arrangements.
  • Location of crossovers existing and proposed crossovers.
  • Concept design of elevations at 1:100.

It is highly recommended that you attend a pre-application meeting with all of the above information required to give a reasonable understanding of the proposal by the planner. This will assist the planner to give more accurate and useful advice for your project. The above documentation may require the services of a consultant to assist in their preparation and to facilitate the application process.

It is intended that the planner that you have the pre-application meeting with will manage the application once it is lodged; however, this is not always guaranteed due to staff movement or workloads.

Location of pre-application meetings
Pre-application meetings are held at Darebin City Council, 274 Gower Street Preston. A meeting will need to be booked ahead of time to ensure the availability of a planner and meeting room. This can be made by contacting the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Prior to lodging an application
You should ensure you have provided all of the information required by using the Commercial and Industrial Checklist.

Development Contributions
If you are constructing or extending a commercial or industrial building you may be required to pay a development contribution to the City of Darebin before a Building Permit is issued. The Development Contribution will be invoiced after a Planning Permit has been issued for the development.

Environmentally Sustainable Design

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Sustainable design is a key priority in the development of today’s built environment. Sustainable design protects our environment, secures today’s living standards and future–proofs our community against rising energy, water and waste disposal costs.

Sustainable design is a key priority in the development of today’s built environment.  Sustainable design protects our environment, secures today’s living standards and future–proofs our community against rising energy, water and waste disposal costs.

The Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) program includes key environmental performance considerations into the planning permit approvals process.  The size and type of the development will determine to what level ESD features will need to be incorporated.

A Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) is requested for medium sized developments, comprising of 100 to 999sq.m of Gross Floor Area (GFA) and a Sustainable Management Plan (SMP) for developments of 1000sq.+ of GFA.

Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA)

An SDA is a simple sustainability assessment of a proposed development sized between 100 to 999sq.m  at the planning stage. The assessment will support your Planning Application by showing how you address the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories.

The categories are:
•       Indoor environment Quality
•        Energy Efficiency
•        Water Efficiency
•        Stormwater Management
•        Building Materials
•        Transport
•        Waste Management
•        Urban Ecology
•        Innovation
•        Construction and Building Management

While the National Construction Code (NCC) outlines minimum ESD requirements, we encourage you to strive for best practice, creativity and innovation.  By using free web-based tools, such as Sustainable Design Scorecard (SDS) (http://www.sustainablesteps.com.au/about.html) for commercial and industrial developments at the planning permit stage you can easily demonstrate that your project meets our minimum environmental compliance standards. (www.morelandsteps.com.au).

There are a series of documents you are required to complete depending on the size of the Commercial or Industrial development:

  • Industrial development from 100 to 999sq.m GFA
  • Commercial 100 to 999sq.m GFA

Sustainable Management Plan (SMP)

An SMP is a sustainability assessment of a proposed development of 1000sq.m+ of GFA at the planning stage. The assessment will support your Planning Application by showing how you address the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories. We recommend you engage an ESD consultant, engineer or qualified person to complete the SMP.

The categories are:
•       Indoor environment Quality
•        Energy Efficiency
•        Water Efficiency
•        Stormwater Management
•        Building Materials
•        Transport
•        Waste Management
•        Urban Ecology
•        Innovation
•        Construction and Building Management

While the Darebin Planning Scheme outlines minimum ESD requirements, we encourage you to strive for best practice, creativity and innovation.  By using free web-based tools, such as Sustainable Design Scorecard (SDS) (http://www.sustainablesteps.com.au/about.html) at the planning permit stage for commercial and industrial developments you can easily demonstrate that your project meets our minimum environmental compliance standards (www.morelandsteps.com.au).

There are a series of documents you are required to complete depending on the size of the Commercial or Industrial development:

  • Industrial 1000sq.m GFA+
  • Commercial 1000sq.m + of GFA

Covenants

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Your property may be affected by a restriction that prevents you using and developing your property in a certain way. We cannot issue a Planning Permit if the proposed use or development would allow the covenant to be breached.

Your property may be affected by a restriction that prevents you using and developing your property in a certain way. Council cannot issue a Planning Permit if the proposed use or development would allow the covenant to be breached.

You will need to obtain a recent copy of the Certificate of Title from the Land Titles Office) to determine if your property is affected by a covenant.

A Planning Permit is required to change or delete a covenant.

Prior to lodging an application you should ensure you have provided all of the information required by the Covenant Checklist Checklist.

Lodge an application

You can lodge a Planning Permit application and pay the application fee in the following ways:

  • Online

Applications can be lodged through our [eServices] portal.

  • In person

Applications can be lodged at our Planning Department counter located on Level 1, 274 Gower Street, Preston between the hours of 8:45am and 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

  • My mail

Applications, along with the relevant application fee can be lodged by mail to:
Statutory Planning Unit
Darebin City Council
PO Box 91
PRESTON 3072

Starting a new or changing an existing business

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If you are planning to start a new business, change an existing business or relocate an existing business you may need to obtain a planning permit before commencing

To establish if you require a planning permit you should contact the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).In determining if a planning permit should be issued for the new business, we may take the following into consideration:

  • If the proposed business is suitable for the location;
  • If the impacts on the surrounding and nearby properties are reasonable; and
  • If sufficient car parking and bicycle facilities have been provided.

Pre-application meeting
Pre-application meetings are for people who intend to lodge a planning permit application.  You can meet with our planning staff prior to lodgement for advice and assistance in the preliminary stages of the planning and design process.

Benefits of pre- application meetings
Pre-application meetings are helpful in identifying key issues that may be important to the future use of the property. The intention of the meeting is to conduct an open and productive forum whereby all parties work towards a high quality outcome.  Pre-application meetings should also give some level of certainty about the outcome of the application to ensure a smoother and more efficient process of the application.

Advice given in a pre- application meeting
Pre-application meetings are not able to investigate every detail covered through a formal assessment process once the application is lodged. Given the time available and the level of detail it is impossible to give a thorough assessment at this stage. We give advice in good faith and we are not bound in any future decisions.

Unsure you need a pre-application meeting
To check if you require a pre-application meeting contact the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Pre-application meeting topics
At the meeting you can discuss the following:

  • Initial concepts
  • Likely impacts on the surrounding area
  • Any other requirements 

Our planning officers will give their professional opinion on the proposal and provide guidance where possible.  However, it must be remembered that the meeting is not intended to pre-empt the outcome of the application.  Once the planning application is lodged it will need to undergo a thorough assessment against the provisions of the Darebin Planning Scheme.

Preparing for a pre-application meeting
Preparation is essential!  The quality of advice given depends on the level of detail and accuracy of the information presented to our planner. It is essential the you research the proposal and identify relevant issues to raise at the meeting.

You should provide as much detail as possible about the proposal. The following checklist may be of assistance.

  • A full copy of title that is no more than three months old
  • Photographs of the site and the surrounding area in particular the neighbouring adjacent properties and the streetscape
A neighbourhood and site description plan showing:
  • Existing buildings on site
  • Location of buildings on at least four adjoining properties (including habitable room windows and private open space areas)
  • Details of the proposed business or industry including:
  • The nature of the business or use (i.e. restaurant, food manufacture, shop).
  • The days and hours of operation.
  • The number of staff
  • The expected number of customers
  • Likely sources of emissions (i.e. noise and smells).
A concept plan at 1:100 showing detail such as:
  • proposed building footprint at all storeys, window placement, the internal layout of all buildings and the location of any car parking
  • Concept design of elevations at 1:100

It is highly recommended that you attend a pre-application meeting with all of the above information required to give a reasonable understanding of the proposal by the planner. This will assist the planner to give more accurate and useful advice for your project. The above documentation may require the services of a consultant to assist in their preparation and to facilitate the application process. It is intended that the planner that you have the pre-application meeting with will manage the application once it is lodged; however, this is not always guaranteed due to staff movement or workloads.

Pre-application meetings location
Meetings are held at Darebin City Council, 274 Gower Street Preston.  A meeting will need to be booked ahead of time to ensure the availability of a planner and meeting room. This can be made by contacting the Planning Department on 8470 8850 between the hours of 8:45am – 4:45pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Prior to lodging an application
Prior to lodging an application where a permit is required for the proposed use you should ensure you have provided all of the information required by the Change of use checklist.Prior to lodging an application where a permit is required to reduce the car parking requirements you should ensure you have provided all of the information required by the Car parking checklist.