Permits for your business

Better Approvals Process

Whether you are starting a new business, expanding an existing business, or taking over another business, you may need permission from Council to operate.

Council is here to help guide your business through the application process(PDF, 38KB) and to ensure you have the permits you need quickly and easily.

What types of permits might my business need?

There are a range of permits that your business may need, including: 

  • Planning – permits for use of land, use of building for business, display signs and other statutory planning requirements

  • Building – permits that relate to the method of construction of a building or development and the use of the building to ensure it complies with relevant building codes.

  • Health – registration for food premises, accommodation premises, hairdressers, beauty premises and tattoo premises

  • Footpath Trading Permit – footpath trading permits for furniture, display items or A-frame signs placed on the footpath or on Council land

I have a business idea, and am ready to start - what steps do I need to take?

Make sure you submit all the required information as part of your application.  Incomplete applications can significantly increase the assessment time.

The following links provide you with a range of advice and tools to assist preparing for your application:

Get started by clicking on the Self-Assessment form below.  The checklist will give you a better understanding of the type of permits you may require, and provides the opportunity to discuss your requirements with a Council team member.

1. Complete the Self-Assessment form

Complete the following Self-Assessment form to receive a summary of permits you may need.  Once you have the list of permits for your business, you are ready to apply for your business permits.

Click here to view form.

2. Apply for permits and approvals

Click on the relevant permits you require:

Once the permit or planning application form(s) has been submitted, the team will begin assessing your application.

Receiving the application

A team member from each relevant department will begin to assess the application as soon as it is received. Council officers will be able to help guide you through the application process.

Permit payments

Standard fees apply to all permit types. The details provided in the application will determine the exact fees and charges. A team member from each relevant department will contact you after your application submission to confirm the final fee and payment details.

 3. Assessment

Planning applications will be advertised if necessary. The Public Health team may conduct progress inspections throughout the assessment process; however, the final inspection will be conducted after registration payment is received. 

Requests for further information

You may be required to provide further information during the assessment phase. Please respond promptly to these requests, to speed up the application process.

4. Outcome

Each department will notify you separately regarding their final decision and provide the required permits to operate.

Council’s Economic Development team are available to provide support for businesses at any stage. If you would like any further information, or have any questions about doing business in Hobsons Bay, contact us on 1300 179 944 or email