There are a range of compliance steps to move through when starting a new business.
the type of business you’re starting, you may need one or more permits from
Council. The following permits and registrations may need consideration.
A planning permit is a legal document that gives permission for a particular type of use and/or development of a property.
A building permit is necessary for construction works undertaken on land or on a property.
Food Act - Food registration
All Victorian food and drinks businesses that handle, prepare, package,
store, serve, supply or convey food/drinks must be registered or notify under
the Food Act - learn more about starting a new food business.
The Food Registration assessment
will designate the appropriate food/drinks classification for your business,
for more information find out more about food classifications.
If your business is not a fixed premises, you will need to follow the permit processes for a temporary or mobile food business.
Health and beauty business
All health and beauty businesses need to be registered with the local Council, even if you run a home based business. These include:
- hairdressers including mobile and low-risk beauty services (such as eyelash extensions)
- tattooists, body piercing and other skin penetration (such as myotherapy and acupuncture
- beauty therapy (such as waxing, threading, manicuring, intense pulsed light and laser)
- colonic irrigation.
Accommodation registration - Public Health and Wellbeing Act
Several types of businesses providing accommodation services need to be registered annually under the Public Health and
Wellbeing Act, to ensure basic hygiene standards are met. Learn more about registering an accommodation premises.
We register and monitor businesses such as:
- residential accommodation
- student dormitories
- holiday camps
- rooming houses
- some bed and breakfast operations.
Footpath trading applicable permits
Footpath trading includes any commercial activity on the footpath.
Footpath trading permits include:
Any filming or commercial photography in the Geelong region will require a filming permit.
All buskers, performers, spruikers and pavement
artists need to have a busking permit.
Events held on Council controlled or managed open space may require an event permit.
Domestic Animal Business Permits
Under current legislation, all domestic animal businesses must be registered with the City of Greater Geelong and comply with the appropriate mandatory Code of Practice.
Domestic animal businesses include:
- animal pounds either run by Council or a Council contractor
- breeding businesses (cats and/or dogs)
- training facilities for dogs and cats
- pet shops
- animal (welfare) shelters
- dog/cat rearing premises.
Responsibilities of a domestic animal business as defined under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 can be found on the Animal Welfare Victoria website.
To find out more, visit the Domestic Animal Businesses section of our website.
State and Federal licences and registrations
To understand what information you need to register a business to comply with the law, visit Business Victoria.