Running a business

If you're looking to start a business, buy an existing business or change or grow your current business, we're here to help.

Getting started

Permits and approvals

Navigating permits and approvals needed for a business can be daunting. To make things easy we've developed a self-assessment tool that by answering a few simple questions will provide you with a list of approvals and permits you may need.

Complete a self-assessment

Our Business Permit Applications Guidelines(PDF, 462KB) is another handy resource to step you through the permit process.

For assistance email our Business Concierge team or call 8290 3222.

Planning approval

If the self-assessment indicates you need planning approval, you will need to submit an application via our eplanning portal.

For more information view our Business permits and regulations page.

We recommend you call our Planning Services team on 8920 1333 to confirm planning requirements.

Building permit

If the self-assessment indicates you need a building permit visit our Apply for a building permit page to download an application form.

We recommend you call our Building Services team on 8290 1333 to confirm permit requirements.

Finding the right permit

Visit our Business permits and regulations page to download activity specific permits and regulations.

Need help?

For more ways we can help visit our Supporting local business page.

If you need assistance navigating the permit process email our Business Concierge team or call 8290 3222.