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Starting a business

We can offer your support to get started in your business journey.


We understand it can be exciting and daunting in equal measure when it comes to starting your business, that’s why we have created this web page to help guide your through what to do and how to access the relevant support when you need it.

We provide support and connections for people wanting to start their own business.

We can help you start, maintain and grow your idea into a successful small business.

Contact us on 9217 2278 or email

Read more about programs to help you launch your business idea.

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.

We understand that navigating through Council can be challenging and businesses may need one or more permits to start operating. That’s why we have established the Business Concierge service.

 The Business Concierge can assist with: 

  • Providing all the information you require to open or expand your business
  • Helping you to understand which permits you will require
  • Helping you complete and submit these applications
  • Providing advice on other aspects of running your business

How do I contact the Business Concierge?

Email or call 9217 2180

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.

Business permits checker

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. 

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