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Start or expand your business

Start or expand your business

Starting a business can be very exciting, but there is a lot for you to do. You will need to check and organise relevant permits and registrations.

Have a big business idea and want to speak to numerous Council departments at once? Make an appointment with our Better Approvals team. We can help you with the following permits:

  • Planning permit
  • Food premises registration
  • Mobile and Temporary Food Businesses Trading Permit
  • Accommodation registration
  • Hair, beauty, tattooists and piercing registration
  • Building permit
  • Footpath trading permit
  • Roadside or vehicle trading permit
  • Busking permit

About Better Approvals

About Better Approvals

The Better Approvals for Business program is part of the Victorian Government’s regulation reform agenda announced in November 2020. This program is focussed on improving planning and other business approvals processes to support economic recovery. Council is committed to minimise the economic implications for business by improving the permit approval process.

Heather Green, Director Planning and Development, explains that Council is committed to minimise the economic implications for business by improving the permit approval process.

Ready to get started?

1. Contact us

Fully understanding the impact of regulations on your site is important before you take steps to sign a lease or buy. Making the right choice may save you thousands.

To find out more about the permits you may need and how we can help, you can:

2. Get your documents ready

These are some of the documents that you may need to progress your permit applications:

  • Proposed location
  • Floor plan with proposed & existing
  • Site plan with proposed & existing development
  • Copy of title less than 3 months old
  • Public Liability Insurance

3. Meet with the Better Approvals team

After you have spoken to us and have your documents ready, we will organise a free pre-application meeting with our team to help you to understand the requirements and steps that we will take in assessing your application.

4. Apply for your permits

See also

Supporting Business

Supporting Business

Council has a dedicated team to support your business goals and works closely with our business community.
Business Victoria provides a range of information on:

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