Hi I have recently entered into a commercial lease and did not know I required planning approval from the council for a change of use. The shop is located in a suburban shopping centre, where there are other retailers. The shops in the centre are under strata title. The previous use was Red Cross retailing second hand goods. My business is a retail discount store. Upon inquiry from the council, I was advised to obtain planning advice, for a small fee, which will take up to 14 days (I have done this). Subsequently, if a change of use application is required, this may take up to 60 days. I have been advised by council not to open the business until approval obtained. This is a long time, considering it the only source of income. Is there anything I can do under commercial law to speed this process up? And what would happen if I am rejected?