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Following the release of the REAC Independent Report in October 2017, the Department proposed an amendment to the definition of ‘bulky goods premises’ in the Standard Instrument Local Environmental Plan.
Currently, bulky goods premises must meet two requirements:
1. A large floor area for the display, hire and sale of goods; and
2. Direct public vehicle access for loading and unloading goods.


The proposed amendment would have removed the requirement to provide both a large floor area and direct vehicular access, by replacing ‘and’ with ‘or’. This means that bulky goods retailers would have only needed to meet one of the requirements to satisfy the definition.

View the proposed amendment which was on public exhibition until 5pm Wednesday, 13 December 2017. 

What we heard

A total of 30 submissions were received from local government, industry and state agencies, communicating consistently the need to incorporate a change to the definition to bulky goods premises into a broader review of retail definitions and permissibility. 

Many stakeholders also suggested that a new definition should capture the specialised purpose and nature of this part of the retail sector.

Next steps  

In recognition of the need for a change to the bulky goods premises definition to better reflect contemporary large format retailing, we are now seeking feedback on a new definition of ‘Specialised Retail Premises’ which incorporates bulky goods premises.

For details about the new definition, and to have your say, view the details of proposed amendments

Where can I find out more?

  • Call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you can call 131 450 and ask for an interpreter in your language and then request to be connected to our Information Centre on 1300 305 695.


Page last updated: 03/04/2018