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Starting a business

Our Business Concierge is a free service offered by Council to guide and assist you through the process of starting or expanding your business.

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Business Concierge Service

Our Business Concierge is a free service offered by Council to guide and assist you through the process of starting or expanding your business.

Navigating through Council can be challenging and businesses may need one or more permits to start operating, so that is why we offer the Business Concierge service.

The Business Concierge can assist with providing all the information you require to open or expand your business and help you to understand which permits you will need.

You can contact the Business Concierge on 9217 2108 or business.concierge@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

Do I need a permit?

Whether you are a new or established business, you will likely need a permit to operate. In some cases, you may even need more than one. ​

​This business permit check will give you a better understanding of the type of permit/s you may need. You can further discuss your ideas in more detail with our Economic Development Team.

Find out more about the types of business permits and the business permit process.

Take the online business permit check.

Permits you may need

Depending on the type of business you operate or plan to operate you may need a permit. Typically, a business may need a planning, building, health or a footpath trading permit. ​

​Use our business permit checker to see what types of permits you may need.

Setting up a business from home?

Setting up your business from home can be a very cost-effective way to get started, as you’ll save money and time on rent and travel. You can run many types of business from home if they do not disturb the surrounding neighbours. Running a business from home may require a permit. Complete a business permit check for further information.