Help with leasing business premises
You can find out about commercial leasing on the Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner website.
Apply for development consent
You may need to get consent from your local council before you can carry out development work on your business premises. Make sure you read the notification requirements for your local council carefully.
Track a development application
You may be able to use your local council website to track the progress of your development application.
Apply to install a street awning or a business sign
Before you install any street awnings or business signs at your premises, you may need to apply for permission from your local council.
Apply for a zoning certificate
To find out about any controls, requirements and restrictions on a property, apply to your local council for a zoning certificate (Section 149 planning certificate).
Apply to make changes to a heritage listed place
If you want to make changes to a heritage listed place, you may need to seek approval from your local council or the Heritage Council of NSW.
Apply for a construction certificate
Before you start any building work, you need to apply for a construction certificate from your local council. This certificate confirms the construction plans are consistent with the development consent and other requirements.
Appoint a principal certifying authority
After being issued with development consent or a construction certificate, and before you start any approved construction, you need to appoint a principal certifying authority to oversee the building work.
Apply for a fire safety certificate
You’ll need to have a final fire safety certificate from your local council before a final occupation certificate can be issued for a new building or an existing building that’s changed use.
Apply for a compliance certificate
After your building work is complete, you may need to apply to your local council for a compliance certificate to confirm the development meets council and regulatory requirements
Apply for an occupation certificate
Before moving in to your premises, you’ll need an occupation certificate from your local council to occupy or use a new building, or change the use of an existing building.
Keep in mind: If you're opening a print business, you'll need to work closely with your local council. You can find your local council online to get the information relevant to your situation.