It is important to ensure your business is run in a manner that is safe and legally compliant. Business owners are encouraged to:
- Ask Whitehorse City Council if any permits / licences are required.
- Discuss plans with Whitehorse City Council Officers prior to lodging a permit application.
- Provide Whitehorse City Council with necessary documents and information supporting the application.
The Australian Business Licence and Information Service website can assist to identify relevant state, territory, local and Australian government licences, permits, approvals, regulations and codes of practice for your business.
The information below outlines the various Whitehorse City Council Units that are responsible for licences/regulations and approvals for businesses.
This unit is responsible for ensuring that development in the municipality complies with relevant planning legislation. It is responsible matters including land use, development applications, parking needs, operating hours, outdoor advertising, number of occupants, external works and alterations. Visit Whitehorse City Council’s website to learn more.
Liquor and Gambling Licences
There are a number of requirements that you must comply with if you intend to sell or serve liquor or supply gambling from your premises. Further information can be found on the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation’s website or contact Whitehorse City Council’s Statutory Planning Unit.
This unit advises on planning policies or whether there are any proposed changes to the Planning Scheme that may affect your business. Visit Whitehorse City Council’s website to learn more.
This unit is responsible for the assessment and determination of building applications and conducting building inspections. It also advises on the building regulations and permit requirements in realtion to change of use (including shop fit outs).
It monitors standards with alterations, demolitions, new building works or extensions to ensure building meet fire, safety and structural standards. Visit Whitehorse City Council’s website to learn more.
This unit controls the registration of health-related businesses (including but not limited to, food businesses, beauty and body art) to ensure that all health requirements and accreditation standards are met. Visit Whitehorse City Council’s website to learn more.
This unit regulates and issues permits relating to outdoor trading, product displays and A-frame footpath signage. Community Laws also assist in regulating car parking across the City of Whitehorse. Visit Whitehorse City Council’s website to learn more.
Working from home
Planning controls have been introduced to make operating a business from home easier. Visit the Working From Home page for more information.