Commercial Character Building Activities

Commercial Character Building Activities (CCBA)

Similar to that of a “centre activity” use, when within a commercial character building, the use of a premises for any of the following is considered to be a CCBA within a residential zone:

  • Child Care Facility
  • Cinema
  • Club
  • Community Facility
  • Display Dwelling
  • Education Purposes
  • Emergency Services
  • Garden Centre
  • Health Care Purposes
  • Indoor Sports and Recreation
  • Medical Centre
  • Office
  • Radio or Television Station
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Utility installation
  • Veterinary Facility
  • Youth Club

These definitions can vary also depending on the overall zoning of the area (e.g. light industry zone has different uses)… Please give us a call if you propose any use within a commercial character building.


Steffan Town Planning is an established town planning consultancy based in Brisbane, South-East Queensland. We have years of experience managing town planning applications from the preparation to the decision stage, and offer our clients the best chance to gain an approval for all types of development.

We value every client equally and offer a personal, hands-on approach no matter the size of your project. Steffan Town Planning provides town planning advice as well as all other services associated with town planning issues in Queensland. Please refer to the ‘Services’ section for all our town planning services.

Whether you are looking to build a house, add an extension, respond to a Council show cause notice, start a business (commercial or industrial) or subdivide a block, please don’t hesitate to contact us for all your town planning needs!

Town Planning Services


Steffan Town Planning can provide free advice in relation to your small lot enquiries and can prepare and lodge development applications to vary planning scheme requirements if necessary.


Most houses built prior to Dec 31st 1946 are considered to be under demolition control. Any alteration to these types of houses require development approval. We deal regularly with this type of approval and can ensure a smooth turnaround.


Some development will not trigger a planning approval because of its use, rather due to the proposal of building work itself. Most common in Ipswich, certain development will require development approval for building works assessed against the planning scheme.


A centre activity use can encompass quite a wide range of activities including a shop, office, restaurant, church, venue, bar…etc. Depending on the zoning of your property it may trigger a development approval.