The appellant's home consisted of rooms above the shop, accessible by stairs at the rear. Cages holding birds and household items were present in the upstairs rooms and around the stairs. This pattern was beginning to be established in the shop, with a large number of bird cages and personal effects present at the inspector's visit.
The storage of the animals was unrelated to the shop use, he held. In his view, there was a marked difference between keeping one or two parrots as pets or to entertain customers and the circumstances he encountered in the shop. A material change of use of the ground floor from retail to residential had occurred, he concluded.
DCS Number 100-064-765
Inspector Christopher Hoult; Written representations