Other business requirements to consider

Where will you operate from?

New premises

You need an Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) Application. New buildings may also require rezoning and/or development applications. You may also be required to advertise the redevelopment site under IDAS.

Existing premises

You need an Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) Application. If the premises are not already used by a business industry of your type, you may require a Change of Use Development Application. You may also be required to advertise the redevelopment of the site under IDAS.

Work from home

You need an Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) Application and an Operate from Home Permit. If the premises are not already used by a business industry of your type, you may require a Change of Use Development Application. You may also be required to advertise the redevelopment of the site under IDAS. Note that some councils have a policy for home-based businesses which must be complied with.

Learn about the different types of business premises in Queensland.

Taking over and renovating existing business premises

You need an Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS) Application. Renovations involving the structure of the building or plumbing require council approval.

Will you be leasing?

If you buy an existing business you may choose to buy or lease the building from which the business operates. There are no licensing requirement for buying or leasing premises, however, you should consider solicitor fees, costs of rent and real estate agent fees. Please note that some councils conduct inspections of existing businesses before they are sold so be sure to contact your council for further information.

Buying a business

If you are buying a business or taking over an existing business you may need to pay transfer (stamp) duty on the transfer of business assets.

Putting up new signs or amending an existing advertising signage

You need Advertising Signage Approval. This may include A-frame signs on the footpath. Regulations vary so check with your local council for further information.

Using or obstructing the footpath outside your premises

You need a Footpath Usage/Obstruction Permit. Some councils do not regulate this form of permit. Check with your local council. This permit remains in effect only for the designated address and operating hours.

Discharge trade waste into the sewerage system

You need an Application for Approval to Discharge Trade Waste. If you discharge any liquid other than domestic sewerage, then you discharge trade waste. Some councils do not regulate this form of permit. Check with your local council. Note that this permit is not transferable.

Learn how to lease premises.

Using business vehicles

If you have a business vehicle you may need a:

  • Commercial Vehicle Registration - managed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. This is an annual registration that all commercial vehicles must have. Vehicles used for commercial use should be recorded as commercial for both registration and compulsory third party insurance.
  • Commercial Vehicle Permit - facilitate by your local council, this is the permit that allows your vehicle to be parked in loading zones and other regulated parking space; fees vary and it can take up to 4 weeks to get the permit. Note that some councils do not regulate commercial vehicles.

Playing radio or TV for customers

If you play radio or television to customers in your business you need a Music Licence - Public Performance, Broadcast or Diffusion from the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Fees vary and it can take up to 10 days to process. APRA collects revenue for all copyright music.

Playing recorded music or videos for customers

If you play recorded music or videos to customer in your business, you need a:

Tobacco laws

Queensland tobacco laws affect most people running a business. There are penalties for non-compliance, mandatory employee training for retailers, and bans on smoking in enclosed places such as indoor areas (for example, dining areas while meals are available or consumed, workplaces, workshops, factories, shopping centres, home businesses while an employee is present, work vehicles). Get more information about tobacco laws from Queensland Health by calling 13QGOV (13 74 68).