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Business Permits 

If you are looking to start a new business or relocate your business, our team can help you work your way through the Council permits process to assist you to get all the permits you need quickly and easily.  

CONTACT THE BUSINESS SUPPORT TEAM 

Please contact the Business Support Team on  03 5357 2088 or email economicdevelopment@wangaratta.vic.gov.au and ask for the Economic Development Team. The team is here to support your business and assist you throughout the permit process.  

We understand that navigating through Government can be challenging, that's why the Business Support Team is here to help.  

This team will help you become operational as quickly as possible by assisting you to: 

  • Understand what permits you will require for your business or event (including; planning, building, health, community safety and events)

  • Apply for required permits

  • Engage with different Council departments 

  • Connect with business support programs

  • Connect you with industry groups 

  • Advise on business training workshops and seminars  

  • Investment attraction and business establishment support 

What permits do you need?

New or established businesses may need one or more permits to operate. 

Please click on the sections below to find more information. 

Are you starting a new business or changing an existing business?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Planning permit: 

  • Are you commencing a new business? 

  • Are you changing the business type from its current form? 

  • Are you changing the trading hours of the business? 

  • Are you applying for or altering a liquor licence? 

  • Are you building or renovating? 

  • Are you adding or changing signage? 

  • Are you looking to alter or paint a heritage listed building? 

  • Are you seeking a reduction in car parking requirements? 

  • Are you changing your car parking arrangement? 

  • Are you providing accommodation?

  • Do you plan on hosting events on private property? 

  • Will you be impacting native vegetation?

To make the application process easier, before applying, please contact the Business Support Team. 

 

Are you building or renovating a venue?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Building permit: 

  • Are you planning on carrying out any internal fit outs or alterations on your premises? 

  • Are you planning to carry out any structural alteration to the exterior of the building (including increasing window and door sizes)? 

  • Do you want to increase the number of people that can occupy your building at any one time? 

  • Are you changing the use of the premises (i.e. converting an office to a restaurant/bar)? 

  • Are you altering any essential safety measures? (i.e fire hydrants, fire hose reels, exit signs, emergency lighting or paths of travel to an exit)? 

Are you starting or changing a food business?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Food permit: 

  • Do you intend to prepare food or drink for sale at your business premises? 

*If you are intending on operating a mobile or temporary food business, you will need to register on Streatrader  
 

Are you starting or changing an accommodation business?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need an Accommodation permit: 

  • Are you opening or purchasing an accommodation business such as a hotel, motel, hostel, student dorms, holiday camps, rooming house or residential accommodation? 

  • Are you proposing to open, purchase or change a caravan park or campground? 

Are you dealing with septic tanks for your business premises?

 

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need an Septic Tank permit: 

  • Are you planning on installing a new septic tank? 

  • Are you planning to alter an existing septic system, including the connection of additional fixtures to the system? 

  • Will your business increase the required capacity of an existing system (I.e. additional customer capacity)? 

  • Would you like any additional inspections or change the current operation of the system? 
      

To make the application process easier, before applying, please ensure that you have: 

  • Land Title 

  • Site & Floor Plan 

  • Plan for the Proposed Septic System 

Are you starting or changing a hair and beauty business?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Hair and Beauty Business Permit: 

  • Are you opening a beauty therapy, skin penetration, hairdressing, colonic irrigation or tattooing business? 
      

*Please note: Mobile skin penetration businesses are not permitted. 

 

Would you like to trade or advertise on the footpath?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Footpath Trading permit: 

  • Do you plan on adding to street beautification (pots and planter boxes)? 

  • Do you plan on displaying goods (fruit, veg, flowers, clothing or footware)? 

  • Do you plan on advertising (A-Frames)? 

  • Do you plan on having outdoor dining (bollards, tables and chairs)?

  • Please ensure you read and understand the Footpath Trading Conditions before applying. 

     

Are you transferring a business?

f you answer yes to any of the following questions you'll likely need a Transfer of Business permit: 

  • Are you are buying an existing food, accommodation or health business? 
      

To make the application process easier, before applying, please ensure that you have: 

  • Current Land Owner consent 

Are you starting or changing a domestic animal business?

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you may need a Domestic Animal Business Permit: 

  • Do you intend to open a pet shop? 

  • Do you intend to open an animal shelter? 

  • Do you intend to conduct boarding (kennel, cattery or home boarding)? 

  • Do you intend on breeding dogs / cats? 

  • Do you intend on breeding, boarding or training Greyhounds? 

Please note that prior to starting your application you will need to get in contact with the Economic Development Team. They will provide you with the relevant forms you need to fill in for your business as well as a link of where you can upload all the relevant documentation for your application.

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