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The Motor Vehicle Dealers Act requires each applicant for a dealer's licence operate from premises suitable for the type of business for which the licence is sought.
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection also maintains records of these premises to assist it with decisions, such as whether the dealer may operate from one or more premises, (e.g. where the premises are adjacent but have separate titles) and to identify the boundaries of those premises.
With each application for a licence, the following information must be submitted about the premises from which the dealer intends to trade:
You must submit all the above information, even if the premises are currently registered (licensed) in the name of another vehicle dealer.
You must apply to register the premises at least one month before you intend to start trading.
Where a dealership has two premises which physically adjoin, the dealership may request for the authorised premises and the registers be amalgamated.
This has the potential to apply to premises that have two different street frontages and street names, but which are physically joined at the rear or along the side of the properties.
Approval will not be granted where the dealership premises are separated by:
If two dealerships are considering co-locating premises with a separate entity, the following requirements must be met:
However, where two dealers, operating with identical principals/directors and/or partners, are co-located to operate separate hire and sales businesses, demarcation is not required if individual vehicles are identified as 'hire' or 'sale'.
Dealers who wish to acquire additional premises, change premises or carry on business from temporary premises, must apply to the Commissioner before they start to operate from those premises.
The Commissioner may attach conditions to a Special Occasion Permit and a permit may also be required under the Retail Trading Hours Act 1987.
Note: The Commissioner can attach conditions or restrictions to any premises approval.