Starting, changing or growing a business

Stonnington is home to approximately 27 retail locations and precincts, from small clusters of local shops to some of Australia's most famous shopping strips.

Starting a business is an exciting time and we are here to help you understand what permits and approvals you need. The information below will help you get started.

If you know the permits and approvals you require already, you can lodge the applications yourself.

Business concierge service

Whether you are planning to open a new business, buy an existing business or grow or change your own business, our business concierge service will assist you to get the necessary Council approvals.

The service will help you get your business started and trading as quickly as possible. To do this, the service will support the early stages of applications that:

  • need multiple permits
  • are from first time business owners
  • facilitate buying an existing business.

The service will get your application started by inviting you to meet with Council staff to discuss your business proposal. This meeting is known as the new business pre-application meeting. After that meeting, you can request support from the business concierge service to complete your application and ask them questions throughout the process. The service will be your one point of contact within Council. 

Once your business is setup the service can connect you with your local trader or precinct associations and advise you of upcoming training and networking opportunities.

How to get started

Learn which permits you need

Complete our self assessment tool and either start applying for the permits yourself or let a member of our business concierge team contact you within two business days to get your application underway.

Want to talk to someone?

Whether you are planning to open a new business or grow or change your existing business, we are here to make the process as easy as possible. Our business concierge service will help people considering purchasing, establishing or changing a business in Stonnington.

To speak with a member of the business concierge team, contact: or 8290 1333.

I know what I need and I’m ready to make an application

If you have completed our self assessment tool, know what permits you require and don’t want to wait for assistance from our business concierge service, complete the applicable forms below and return them via the contact details listed on each.

Please note that you only have to go through applications processes that are applicable to your business. 

Our Business Permit Applications Guidelines(PDF, 462KB) may be useful.