Starting, expanding or buying a business

 Do you have plans for a new business and want to get started? Are you taking over or expanding an existing business?

What type of permits might my business need?

There are a range of permits or registrations your business might need including:

  • Planning Permit - includes permits for subdividing land, use of land, use of building for business, displaying signs, street trading and other statutory planning requirements. Planning Permits

  • Building Permit - includes building permits that relate to the method of construction of a building or development and the use of the building to ensure it meets relevant building codes. Building Permits

  • Public Health Registration - includes registration and certificates required for food premises, accommodation premises, hairdressers, beauty tattoo premises and septic and wastewater. Health Services

  • Footpath Trading Permit - includes permits for seating or objects placed on the footpath or on council land including A frames and signage. Local Law Permits

    We understand that it can be difficult to know where to start. That is why we have created this webpage as a roadmap to help you understand the impact of regulations on your plans.

In the Prepare section will find a Permit Checklist to understand which permits may apply and information on our Permit Support service offered by our team. Get started by clicking on the Prepare section below. 


Spend time now preparing to get your application right. Providing the right information and using the professional assistance of a quality draftsperson or planning consultant can save time on the assessment and may get the doors to your business open sooner.

What is your business idea?

Start with writing down what you know about your business proposal. You will need to be able to describe the type of business you want to set up and how it will operate in some details. 

Background research

These links below provide you with a range of advice and tools to assist your business preparation:

What permits do I need?

 Use the Permit Checklist tool below to help you understand the types of permits you may need for your business. It takes around three minutes. At the end, you will receive a summary of the permits you will most likely need.

Click here to view form.

The Business Support Team

The Business Support Team is the first point of contact for business customers that are starting a business for the first time or those needing help to expand.

The service is designed to provide you with information up-front and to discuss the steps you need to take to open your business. The team will clarify who to speak to and the support available from Council or other organisations.

At any time, we are here to give the right information before you sign a lease or purchase a property to avoid you making costly mistakes. You can contact us on 5494 1200 or fill in your details below and we will call at a time that suits you. This is a free service.

Click here to view form.

Permit support meeting

If you need multiple permits, the Business Support Team can coordinate a meeting with you and the relevant Council departments to get advice on the information to include in your application. These meetings are free.

You are ready to apply!

Once you have your business proposal, you know what permits you need and the information to provide in an application, you are ready to apply. 


How do I apply for the permits I need?

There are application forms that will cover most of your permit or registration requirements. 

Click on link below to fill in your application.

Planning Application  Planning permit application(PDF, 434KB)
Building Application  Application for a Building Permit(PDF, 239KB)
Local Laws Application  Application for a Local Law Permit(PDF, 94KB)
Public Health

 Accommodation | Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 Registration(PDF, 94KB)

 Food Premises | Application to Register Food Premises(PDF, 334KB)

 Caravan Parks | Caravan Park Application Registration(PDF, 37KB)

 Wastewater | Septic Tank Application Form and Guide(PDF, 4MB)


We will start to process your application.

Receiving the application

A Council officer from each relevant department will be assigned to your application. They will confirm their contact details and the expected timelines to assess the application. You are welcome to contact them to check on the status of your application. The Business Support Team will be available as a point of contact throughout this process if necessary.

Permit payments

There are standard fees that apply to all permit types. The details of your application will determine the exact fees and charges. A Council officer from the relevant department will contact you to confirm the final fee and payment details. 

Requests for further information

You may get a request for further information during the assessment phase. Please be prompt in responding to any requests as a slow response may delay a decision on your application.


Once we have finished our assessment, we will be in touch to confirm our decision.

If your application is approved, we will then send you a copy of your permit or registration and, where appropriate, hard copies will also be mailed to you.

Congratulations! You are ready to open the doors. Thank you for choosing Loddon as a place to run your business