When do you need a permit for your business

Depending on the type of business you're running, you may need one or more business permits.

Not sure what permits you might need? There are a few things you can do to work out what permits you need:

When do I need a permit?

You may need to get approval from Manningham Council to do certain business activities. It depends on your business type and what you are trying to do.


Want to make changes to your business operation? Find out about planning requirements


Need to build or extend your property to accommodate your business? There are building regulations and permits to be aware of. Some works that will require permits include:

  • alternations and structural works
  • buildings with heritage overlays
  • free standing or adjoining buildings.

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Health and Beauty

From hairdressing and make-up artists to pilates and yoga studios, it’s important that client safety is kept as a top priority. Have a look at some of the permits and regulations needed to operate a healthy business for you and your clients.

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Trader parking permits

Apply for a trader parking permit to park in a shopping centre.


Any business that sells or manufactures food or drink must be registered with their local council and follow regulations to ensure that the food they sell is safe to eat. This includes restaurants and cafes, market stalls and mobile food vans.

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Liquor licences

If you plan to sell or serve alcohol at your business, you will need to apply for a liquor licence with the Victorian Government.

Apply now

Footpath trading

If you want to offer outdoor dining, goods for sale on the footpath, or display an A-frame advertising board, you will need a permit.

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Registration is required for any home based or commercial business that includes accommodation services.

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Film on Council land

Filming on Council land, including student, commercial, community, not-for-profit and still photography, may require a permit.

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