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Starting or Growing a business

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Note: Council does not issue building permits. If you need a planning, health, footpath or roadside trading permit, you can apply below.

Whether you are a new or established business, you will likely need a permit to operate your business and some businesses may even need more than one permit. This page will help you determine the type of permit you may need and help you understand the steps you need to go through them.

Do I need a Small Business Permit?

Whether your business is new or established, you will likely need a permit to operate it. Some businesses may even need more than one permit. This page will help you determine the type of permit you may need and help you understand the steps you need to take to apply for them.

There are 6 types of small business permits (see below).

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Planning Permit

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, you will likely need a planning permit:

  • Are you changing the business type from its current form?
  • Are you undertaking new buildings or works?
  • Are you applying for or altering a liquor licence?
  • Are you adding or changing signage?
  • Will your business generate the need for more car parking?

Learn more and get started:

Learn more from the Applying for or Amending a Planning Permit page.

Food and Health Premises

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, you will likely need to register your business:

  • Do you intend to sell food or drink on the premises of your business?
  • Do you intend to sell health-related services (e.g. hairdressing, beauty treatments, tattooing or skin piercing) on your premises?

Learn more and get started:

Find out more about hair, beauty and body art business regulations:

Street and Footpath Trading

If you answer YES any of the following questions, you will likely need a Street and Footpath Permit:

  • Are you planning on alfresco dining - placing on the footpath area any tables, chairs, umbrellas, heaters, screens or similar items to facilitate custom of your business?
  • Are you planning to offer portable advertising/display goods for sale - placing an A-frame sign or display of goods (e.g. fruit stand) on the footpath?

Learn more and get started:

Download and complete the following forms:

Roadside Trading

If you answer YES to the following question, you will likely need a Roadside Permit:

  • Are you planning on mobile trading - roadside trading as a business or individual for business purposes on an ongoing/repeat operating basis?

Learn more and get started:

Download and complete the following forms:

Building Permit

If you answer YES to the following questions, you will likely need to engage a private building surveyor to issue a Building Permit:

  • Are you planning to carry out any internal renovations on your premises?
  • Are you planning to carry out any external or structural building work on your premises?
  • Do you want to change the number of people that can occupy your building at any one time?

Note: Wellington Shire Council does not issue Building Permits. Building Permits are issued by private building surveyors.

Learn more and get started:

Liquor and Gaming (Licensed Premises Permit)

If you answer YES to the following question, you will likely need a liquor licence:

  • Does your business plan to offer the sale and/or consumption of liquor or gaming?

Note: Wellington Shire Council does not issue Liquor Licences. Liquor Licences are issued by the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation.

Learn more and get started:

There are a number of requirements that you must comply with if you intend to sell, serve or enable liquor to be consumed from your business premises.

There are two different approvals that may be required:

Lodge your application:

The Wellington Shire Alcohol Accord

The aim of the Wellington Shire Alcohol Accord is to contribute to the health, wellbeing and safety of the residents and visitors to the Wellington Shire. By promoting the responsible service, sale and consumption of alcohol and to foster a pleasant amenity within the Wellington Shire by encouraging high standards of behaviour in the community.

Looking to grow or start a new business

For all other enquiries or support to start or grow a business, please contact:

Geoff Hay
Email: geoffh@wellington.vic.gov.au
Mobile: 0429 869 638
Phone: (03) 5142 3043

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This page was last published on: 
Friday, August 27, 2021

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