Industrial Premises

Find out about the regulations that apply to industrial premises. Learn about general guidelines, minimum compliance standards, and key legislation to adhere to, and how to make a complaint. 

Complaints about industrial premises

If you have any concerns about an industrial premises, please contact the City’s Health Services Team. Complete the Public Health Complaint Form or contact the City directly. 

Important legislation to comply with

All industrial premises must comply with the following: 

Failure to comply with these regulations can result in on-the-spot fines, court fines and daily penalties for continuing offences.  

General guidelines for industrial premises

  • All parking must be accommodated on site. 

  • Landscaping must be installed and maintained according to the City's Town Planning Scheme

  • All buildings require City approval, and unapproved structures must receive retrospective approval. 

  • Transportable or non-permanent structures are approved for up to 12 months, with a maximum six-month extension available. 

  • Liquids must be stored appropriately to prevent spills and comply with Australian Standards. 

Minimum compliance standards for industrial premises

Abrasive blasting/spray painting

All abrasive blasting and spray painting operations must be carried out inside approved enclosures that comply with the relevant Australian Standards. This includes a sealed floor to ensure all blasted material is collected for recycling and/or disposal. Non-compliance can result in dust or spray paint crossing the boundary of the premises and penalties for businesses that do not comply. 

Paving/draining and storage on unsealed land

All existing and proposed trafficable and storage areas within industrial zones must be suitably paved and drained to comply with the City’s Town Planning Scheme. Stormwater must not flow over the property boundary.

Housekeeping and spillages

Sites must be kept tidy to prevent the risk of spillage accidents. Fines may apply for spillages, and if the site is classified as contaminated, you need to comply with the Environmental Protection (Unauthorised Discharges) Regulations 2004.

Washing down of vehicles/plant/equipment

Washing down is not permitted unless the area is connected to a sewer or the City has granted approval for an on-site wastewater disposal system. Additionally, you must adhere to the Water Corporation’s requirements for vehicle and machinery wash-down areas. 

Find out more about trade waste on the Water Corporation’s website.

Waste and recycling

All industrial sites are entitled to a household-sized recycling bin from the City. Waste bins must not be stored in carparks. Waste classified as controlled must be collected and disposed of by a licensed controlled-waste contractor, and you should keep a copy of the receipt from the contractor for verification purposes. 

Burning vegetation and/or waste

The burning of waste and vegetation is not permitted, in accordance with Schedule 2 of the Environmental Protection (Unauthorised Discharges) Regulations 2004. Waste materials must not be stored for long periods. 

High-impact activities

Some high-impact activities may require a registration or licence from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

New industrial premises or change of use

If you are opening a new business or leasing a premises to a new tenant, make sure the property's existing planning approval permits the proposed activities.  

For more details, refer to the City’s Change of Use Approval web page. 

More information and contact 

For more information on industrial premises regulations and compliance contact the City’s Health Services team on 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected].



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