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Industrial/Commercial Development

Industrial and commercial developments are encouraged within Industry and Commercial Zones where there is good access to infrastructure, transport networks and is buffered from sensitive land uses.  Industrial and commercial developments may take a range of forms including:

  • Industrial, warehouse, storage, transport uses within designated Industry and Urban Employment Zones;
  • Consulting room, light industry, motor vehicle related businesses, offices, petrol filling stations, service trade premises, store and warehouses within designated Commercial Zones.

A range of other uses may also be appropriate within these Zones but will be assessed on their merits according to the nature of the use and its suitability in relation to the site and locality context.


Planning Consent

An application for planning consent is assessed against the Salisbury Development Plan, which is the policy document used to guide the growth of Salisbury.  The Development Plan seeks:

  • Buildings are designed to achieve a high standard of architectural expression and have a positive address to the street.  Well designed offices are encouraged as a principal address;
  • Access and manoeuvring areas are designed to service the maximum design vehicle and enable vehicles to enter and exit in a forward direction;
  • Adequate on-site car parking to service the intended number of staff and visitors;
  • Staff car parking areas are separated from heavy vehicle access;
  • An engineered stormwater management system is implemented in accordance with Council’s design requirements;
  • Landscaping to the site frontage and within car parking areas is provided to soften the appearance of hardstand areas;
  • External storage and waste disposal areas are screened from public view and arrangements are in place to enable collection;
  • Signage is compatible with the height and scale of signage in the locality.

Building Consent

The application for building consent is assessed against the technical requirements of the Building Code of Australia and other relevant standards to ensure compliance with the Building Code of Australia (the structural safety, health and fire protection of the premises). The following information is required as part of the building application:

Builders Indemnity Insurance is required for all work valued $12,000 and above where a Licenced Builder is engaged to carry out the construction work.

Construction Industry Training Board Levy is required for all work valued at more than $40,000.


Interface with Sensitive uses

Where an industrial use is located at the interface with a sensitive use such as dwellings, off-site impacts such as noise and operating hours will need to be carefully considered and managed. In most instances activities and hours of operation will be restricted. Uses that have appreciable off-site impacts such as noxious industries may not be appropriate at the Zone interface. The Environmental Protection Authority has published information which will assist in determining if your proposal is appropriate in an interface. Applicants are encouraged to contact Council’s Planning department at the preliminary planning stage of the proposal to identify if the site is suitable for development and to identify key design issues. 


Public Notification

Public notification is a process Council is required to undertake in some circumstances which involves notifying owners and occupiers of adjacent land, any person that would be directly affected to a significant degree by the development and in some instances the general public by placing an advertisement of the proposal in “The Advertiser”. Any persons may then examine the application and make comment (representations) in respect to the proposal, within a 10 business day period. All representations will be forwarded to the applicant who may respond in writing to any matters raised.


Referrals to Government Agencies

Council is required to consult with the necessary government agencies where a development has an environmental impact and is listed under Schedule 21 or 22 of the Development Regulations 2008. This may include but is not limited to spray painting, storing of fuels or chemicals. Referral may also be required when a new access is proposed or an existing access changed in relation to a major road.


Application Processing Times

Council will endeavour to deal with your application as quickly as possible. If Council is required to consult a government agency or give public notice of your proposal, at least 8 weeks should be set aside for Council approval.


Further Information

Please note that the information above is intended as a guide only. For more information, contact the Development Services Department. If you would like to download the information as a PDF file, click here.


Lodge Development Application

If you wish to proceed to lodge a development application online please click Application Lodgement