A tenants shopfitting guide for Shopping Centres

It goes without saying, one of the most important elements a retail store needs to succeed is a great location. While you can open a store in a city street that received lots of foot traffic, the other – and more common option – is to open your store in a shopping centre. As a $8-billion industry, Shopping Centre Operators in Australia have seen annual growth of 1.6% over the last five years. This is further evident from the 28.4% increase in NSW prime retail rents recorded for the year to Q2 2016.

shopfitting guide for Shopping Centres

If you’ve just signed a lease with a Shopping Centre, then you’re setting yourself up for success. However, you also need a great fitout, desirable products and competitive prices. While I can’t help you with your products and prices, as the owner of Xtreme Shopfitting & Joinery, I certainly know a lot about fitouts and how to go about planning your shopfitting proposal.

In this article, I will compile a brief guide for tenants on how to go about their shopfitting for shopping centres. While I will not be going too much in-depth, this guide will act as a quick reference to help new tenants, like yourself prepare and submit a shopfitting proposal.

1. Basic shopfitting requirements

Before you can go about with your shopfitting, you’ll need to prepare a few documents for submission. This process will take place for every retailer who is a tenant in Australia. The documents required differ from one region to another, so make sure to check with your local council.

Typically, you’ll be required to provide scaled drawings of various architectural layout plans of your retail fitout. You’ll also need to name all nominated contractors who will be working alongside you in your shopfitting project.

2. Fitout requirements for tenants

New tenants must also understand that there are some specific requirements to follow when designing a retail fitout. All materials and finishes used in the shopfitting process should be of good quality and should comply with environmental standards. Also, walls should be plastered and floors should be above a required thickness with an even finish.

You can only make plaster constructions within your retail space. Any suspended ceiling should provide easy access to important installations within the building. Air conditioning should be properly ducted as well.

As a tenant, you cannot cause damage to any type of structural supports of the building. All your electrical installations should comply with specified regulations. You can avail of a fresh water supply by applying for a water meter through a licensed plumber. While you cannot change any existing sanitary ware, you can install specific pump drainage systems. You can also apply for an independent gas supply.

Your shopfitting work, including your signage, must not cause any damage to the existing shop front. You must comply with fire service safety requirements, manage security systems yourself and comply with pollution standards.

Xtreme’s shopfitting services

If you’re looking for professional shopfitters on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide, look no further than Xtreme Shopfitting & Joinery. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we have a reputation of offering unique solutions that address specific needs.

While we offer all types of shopfitting services, retail shopfitting is a specialty of ours. Whether you’re looking for a quick fitout or you want a customised project, we can help you out. Our team of expert shopfitters can also ensure that you comply with local requirements at all times.


If you are a retailer who has just signed a lease in a shopping centre, you must prepare a few documents before any shopfitting can take place. Most documents include detailed architectural layout plans. You’ll also need to name all contractors who will work with you on your project. Also, there are specific guidelines for fitout requirements in Australia. You will need to ensure that your shopfitting adheres to all stated guidelines.

For reliable shopfitters you can count of for all your shopfitting needs, choose Xtreme Shopfitting & Joinery. Give us a call at 07 5564 7525 to discuss your requirements today!

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Ingrid Latham

About Ingrid Latham

Ingrid Latham is co-owner of Xtreme Shopfitting and Joinery and has been associated with the shopfitting industry for over 15 years. She has a vast array of knowledge when it comes to promoting a store and increasing foot traffic. Follow her on Google+ or