Steffan Harries

Industrial Development

We have experience in 15,000m2 Warehouses, high impact industrial uses, service stations, and more!

Steffan Harries takes a holistic approach to any industrial development by investigating the potential consultants that might need to be included in the project team up front. This always gives you the best chances of success.

Industrial Development

The Planning Act 2016 defines development as occurring when building, upgrading, extending, altering, commencing or re-establishing an industrial business. For example, doing an extension to a Warehouse, or installing a new spray paint booth. Our office has extensive experience in handling the most simple, and the most complicated of industrial applications including works within the Port of Brisbane, Waste Transfer Facilities, Self-storage warehousing, and Service Stations.  

Existing Industrial Uses

If the location already has legal permission for development granted before the implementation of local planning scheme, those rights will remain unchanged. However, the planning scheme provisions will govern any new development, such as expanding a warehouse, changing the type of industrial activity on a site, or extending operating hours for an existing business.

New Industrial Uses

Establishing a new industrial land use will trigger a development application requirement in 80% of circumstances. This might not always be within a new building, it could also be establishing an industrial use within an existing building. For example, we commonly see Spray Booths trigger for a Material Change of Use as they are classified as a Medium Impact Industry B use which generally requires approval.

Extensions to Industry

Looking at extending upon an existing industrial land use? For example, installing a mezzanine level, or doing an extension of your existing facility? You might need approval so get in touch with one of our planners today.

town planning approval for indoor warehouse

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, any gym (indoor sport and recreation) use is intended in being within a commercial zone and not within an industrial zone where warehouses are located. Approval from Council is likely required.

Spray Booths generally fall under the definition of a Medium Impact B definition which largely needs approval within Low and Medium Impact Industry zones. It’s always best to check with one of our town planners.

Yes, a self-storage warehouse falls under the definition of a ‘warehouse’ which is intended to be within an industrial zone.

In almost all instances, where you are increasing the Gross Floor Area of an industrial use (e.g. installing a mezzanine), approval will be required from Council to account for the intensification of the use.

Need assistance with your industrial development approval? Get in touch with one of our town planners today!

Our Industrial Approvals:

Veneziano Coffee Roasters

Development Type:

Medium Impact Industry (Coffee Roasting), Centre Activity (Shop & Cafe) 


West End, Brisbane, Queensland


Approved 2022

Planning Summary:

This application was Impact Assessable and involved a high level of input for specialists considering proximity to higher density residential developments surrounding. The use has a massive contribution to the local community and has become a staple in the locals coffee needs. 

Stony Creek Brewery

Development Type:

Industrial Activity (Home Occupation) for Manufacturing of Beer


Townson, Lockyer Valley, Queensland


Approved 2023

Planning Summary:

We were pleased to be able to assist Stony Creek Brewery in obtaining their planning permits to operate their 150m2 brewery that manufactures beer in Townson via an Impact Assessable development application. We were able to gain approval for the use via a Home Occupation use with Lockyer Valley Regional Council which will have a great contribution to the local community.

Pembroke Waste Transfer Facility

Development Type:

High Impact Industry use (Construction and Demolition Waste Sorting Facility)


Hemmant, Brisbane, Queensland


Approved 2021

Planning Summary:

This proposal involved a complex range of triggers for assessment under both the City Plan 2014 but also the Environmental Protection Regulation 2019 for 2x Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERAs). With supporting documents including Environmental Management, Dust and Noise Management, Flood reporting, Stormwater Management, and Traffic Assessments, the application was approved by Brisbane City Council in only a few months with minor amendments.

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