Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to get permits from Council or other providers before you start trading. These could include planning permits, food registration, health registration or outdoor trading permits.
We've designed a self-assessment tool you can use to work out what permits you may need, and what triggers each permit.
It takes less than five minutes and will give you clarity about the next steps. We encourage you to complete it and send it to our Economic Development team so that we can support you through the process.
You may need a planning permit if you're considering:
- working from home
- moving your business from home into another area
- undertaking buildings and works
- erecting business signage.
You must have a building permit before any building work can begin. You may also need a planning permit for the proposed works (even where a building permit may not be required).
You'll need to be registered under either the Food Act 1984 or Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 if you're planning on operating one of these businesses:
- beauty treatment
- ear and body piercing
- colonic irrigation
- prescribed accommodation.
In Victoria, all food premises are required to have a Food Act registration before selling food. This includes fixed premises, such as cafes and restaurants – but also temporary and mobile food premises, water carters and vending machines. FoodTrader is the online registration database for businesses and community groups to register and notify their temporary or mobile food premises, vending machine or water carting business. FoodTrader allows business and community groups to:
- Apply for a Food Act registration with their registering council,
- manage their registration, and
- lodge statements of trade for each of their events.
Septic tank permits
If you need to obtain a septic tank permit, you can apply for it using the form below.
Find out more
To find our more about septic tank permits, including example site plans or key facts about septic tank systems, please review the following information sheet.
Download the Septic Tank Permit Information Sheet (DOC, 490KB)
You may need a local laws permit if you'd like to have any of the following things on a footpath, road or public place:
- advertising signs
- goods for sale
- outdoor dining
- itinerant trade (mobile food van).
You may also need a local laws permit if you're:
- planning to store materials, waste or skips
- planning to have container storage on a property.
You may need a permit if you're carrying out works including construction and excavation on a road, road reserve or public place.
If you need to apply for a permit for higher mass limit vehicles, please visit the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website.
If your business involves domestic animals (such as pet shop, breeding, boarding, a shelter or greyhounds) you'll need to register your business with Council.
If you need information about drainage on your property, you should fill in the Stormwater Legal Point of Discharge Application Form.
The resulting Legal Point of Discharge Report will show you where stormwater from a property must be discharged.