Permits and Regulations

Obtaining the right approvals from Council can play an important part in the success of any business - whether you are starting a business, expanding a business, changing the nature of your business activities or the location of your premises.

Business owners are encouraged to:

  • Discuss your plans with an Economic Development Officer to ensure that all areas are covered
  • Check with Council to confirm whether a permit is required for some, or all, aspects of your business
  • Submit an application for permit (if required), which can be obtained by Council
  • Provide Council with all required information and supporting material such as plans, reports or even photographs that describe your business precisely
  • Describe the nature of your business. Information that may be required might include - area requirements, number of employees and patrons, operating hours, transport and parking needs and any off-site effects such as odour, noise and general image.

Council Departments

The following departments will guide you through Council's processes and assist with your business venture.

Planning Department
Planning determines where and under what conditions your site can be used and developed. This can include issues such as land use, parking needs, operating hours, outdoor advertising and external works, alterations and working from home.

Building Department
Building deals with alterations, demolitions, new buildings or extensions, to ensure that your business meets fire, safety and structural standards.

Environmental Health Department
Environmental Health controls the registration of food and health-related businesses to ensure that all health requirements and standards are met.

Food businesses , Health related businesses

Local Laws Department
Local Laws regulates and issues permits relating to the placement of outdoor furniture, product displays and A-frame footpath signage. The unit also assists in regulating car parking across the City, including ensuring turnover of vital customer car parking.