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Business Permits

What are you planning to do?

New or established businesses may need one or more permits to operate.

We understand that navigating through government can be challenging. That's why we've established the Business Support Team.

This team will help you become operational as quickly as possible by assisting you to:

  • Apply for your business permits
  • Engage with different council departments
  • Understand available grants
  • Connect you with industry groups

If you have any questions about your business, you can contact the Business Support Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

To find out more about the permits you may require and their applicable fees, please check the guidelines below.

If you are ready to start your application...

Please use the Business Permit Application Form below to apply for one or several permits at once. You can upload all your documents and save the form as you go.

Starting a new business or changing an existing business

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a planning permit:

  • Are you commencing a new business?
  • Are you changing the business type from its current form?
  • Are you changing the trading hours of the business?
  • Are you applying for or altering a liquor licence?
  • Are you adding or changing signage?
  • Are you looking to alter or paint a heritage listed building?
  • Will your patrons park on the street Are you seeking a reduction in car parking?
  • Are you providing accomodation?
  • Do you plan on hosting events on private property?
  • Are you planning to commence an animal boarding or breeding business?

To make the application process easier, before applying, please contact the Business Support Team. For the application, please ensure that you have:

  • Please upload an outline of the type of business you are looking to open
  • Title information for the land
  • Plan of existing conditions
  • Plans showing layouts
  • Effect of proposal
Building or Renovating a Venue

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Building permit:

  • Are you planning on carrying out any internal fit outs or alterations on your premises?
  • Are you planning to carry out any structural alteration to the exterior of the building (including increasing window and door sizes)?
  • Do you want to increase the number of people that can occupy your building at any one time?
  • Are you changing the use of the premises (i.e. converting an office to a restaurant/bar)?
  • Are you altering any essential safety measures? (i.e fire hydrants, fire hose reels, exit signs, emergency lighting or paths of travel to an exit)?
Starting or changing a food business

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Food permit:

  • Do you intend to sell food or drink on the premises of your business?

To make the application process easier, before applying, please ensure that you have:

  • Food Safety Supervisor's Certificate
  • Full Kitchen Floor Plans

Further information about Food Premises & Food Safety can be read here.

Click here to visit the Fees & Charges page to view the permit fees.

Starting or changing an accomodation business

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need an Accomodation permit:

  • Are you opening an accommodation business such as a hotel, motel, hostel, student dorms, holiday camps, rooming house or residential accommodation?

Click here to visit the Fees & Charges page to view the permit fees.

Dealing with Septic Tanks for business

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need an Septic Tank permit:

  • Are you planning on a New Installation?
  • Are you planning to Alter an Existing Septic System?
  • Would you like additional Inspections or Permit Alterations?

To make the application process easier, before applying, please ensure that you have:

  • Land Title
  • Site & Floor Plan
  • Plan for the Proposed Septic System

Click here to visit the Fees & Charges page to view the permit fees.

Starting or changing a Hair and Beauty Business

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Hair and Beauty Business Permit:

  • Are you opening a beauty therapy, skin penetration, hair dressing, colonic irrigation or tattooing business?

*Please note that mobile skin penetration businesses are not permitted.

To make the application process easier, before applying, please ensure that you have:

  • Premise floor plans drawn to scale

Click here to visit the Fees & Charges page to view the permit fees.

Trading or advertising on the Footpath

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Footpath Trading permit:

  • Do you plan on having street activation (umbrellas, pots and planter boxes)?
  • Do you plan on displaying goods (fruit, veg, flowers)?
  • Do you plan on advertising (A-Frames)?
  • Do you plan on having outdoor dining?

To make the application process easier, before applying, please ensure that you have:

  • A copy of your Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance (minimum $10,000,000.00 cover)
  • Site Plan or Photos of the proposed layout of footpath trading
  • Current Liquor Licence (if service of Alcohol permit is required)
  • Liquor Licence Red Line Plan (if service of Alcohol permit is required)
  • A copy of your Business Association Membership (if applicable)

Please ensure you read and understand the Footpath Trading Conditions before applying.

Click here to visit the Fees & Charges page to view the permit fees.

Transferring a Business

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Transfer of Business permit:

  • Are you are buying an existing food, accommodation or health business?

To make the application process easier, before applying, please ensure that you have:

  • Current Land Owner consent
Starting or changing a Domestic Animal Business

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Domestic Animal Business Permit:

  • Do you intend to open a pet shop?
  • Do you intend to open an animal shelter?
  • Do you intend to conduct boarding (kennel, cattery or home boarding)?
  • Do you intend on breeding dogs / cats?
  • Do you intend on breeding, boarding or training Greyhounds?

To make the application process easier, before applying, please ensure that you have:

  • A copy of the type of records that will be kept in relation to each animal association with the Domestic Animal Business Permit.

Click here to visit the Fees & Charges page to view the permit fees.