Taking Care of Business

Resources and support for businesses in Mitchell



Doing Business in Mitchell Shire

Whether you are starting up a new business or running an existing one it's important to find out what Council regulations apply to your business.


Home based business

A permit may be required to operate a home-based business. Always check with the statutory planning department before starting a business at home.

Statutory Planners are available to provide planning advice at Council’s Wallan office from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, or appointments can be made to speak to a planner in person. Alternatively, the Statutory Planning Department can be contacted by telephone on 5734 6200 or by email Mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.

Visit our Statutory Planning pages


Change of use

A 'Change of use' permit may be required if you are changing the type of business operating in an existing premises. Check with our statutory planning department before signing a lease.

Statutory Planners are available to provide planning advice at Council’s Wallan office from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, or appointments can be made to speak to a planner in person. Alternatively, the Statutory Planning Department can be contacted by telephone on 5734 6200 or by email Mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.


Trading on streets and roads

A permit is required for all businesses that trade on community footpaths and nature strips.

Roadside trading

Roadside trading refers to vendors selling from a vehicle or stall on the side of the road, as opposed to from a shop or office environment. This is not a food/health permit which may also be required.

Street trading

Street trading refers to businesses who want to utilise footpath and nature strip space for advertising, displaying goods or for placing tables, chairs and accessories.

For more information visit the Trading on Streets and Roads page or to determine what permits your business may need, contact Council’s Local Laws Department on 5734 6200.


Health permits

The following businesses must be registered under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

  • Hairdressing, tattooing, beauty therapy, ear piercing and electrolysis 
  • Beauty therapy procedures
  • Body art-tattooing and piercing
  • Hairdressing
  • Colonic irrigation
  • Physical therapies (massage, solaria, saunas, flotation tanks, spas and pools, gymnasium equipment and alternative therapies) 

 For more information visit the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

New health and wellbeing business
All new health and wellbeing business’ must register with Council before operating. Prior to starting a new public health and wellbeing business, it is best to discuss your proposal with Council's Environmental Health Department.

Buying an existing health and wellbeing business
When you purchase an existing public health and wellbeing business, the Public Health and Wellbeing Act registration must be transferred into the new proprietor’s name.

Before you purchase a public health and wellbeing business, you should:

  • check if the business has current registration with Council; and
  • request a pre-transfer inspection of the business

Visit our Environmental and Public Health page for more information

To determine what permits your business may need, contact Council’s Environmental Health Department on 5734 6200


Food Businesses

Every food business operating in Victoria is required to be registered under the Food Act 1984 to sell food to the public. Local councils and the Department of Health administer the Act. Under the Act, food business owners are legally responsible to ensure that food sold to customers is safe and suitable to eat.

For more information about the Food Act 1984 visit the Department of Health Food Safety webpage.

New food business

All proprietors proposing to establish new food premises must comply with the Food Act 1984 and the Food Safety Standards Code.

Prior to the commencement of any building works it is advised that contact be made with Council's Environmental Health Department to discuss your application and arrange for a site inspection. If plans are available these could be submitted however this is not a mandatory requirement.

Buying an existing food business

When purchasing an existing food business, the Food Act registration must be transferred into the new proprietor’s name. Prior to buying a existing food business, it is advised you discuss your proposal with Councils Environmental Health Department.

Before purchasing a food business, you should:

  • check if the food business has current registration with Council; and

  • request a pre-transfer inspection of the food business.

Temporary and Mobile Food Businesses

All temporary and mobile food businesses, food vending machines and water transport vehicles operating in Victoria require Food Act registration or notification through Streatrader.

Visit the Streatrader Website to register your temporary or mobile food business.

Visit our Environmental and Public Health page for more information

To determine what permits your business may need, contact Council’s Environmental Health Department on 5734 6200


Advertising signs

A permit may be required to display signage for your business. Mitchell Shire Council manages a range of different types of signage, permits and approvals that you may need before ordering or erecting signage

Advertising signs on private land

Advertising signs may be temporary, mobile or permanent. The approval also considers any structure forming part of the sign and its location on the building/property on which it is to be erected

Responsible Authority: Council 
How to Apply: Contact Council’s Planning unit on (03) 5734 6200 to determine whether a permit is required
Fees: Fees may apply.

A-Frame Signboards

A permit is required to display an advertising signboard on Council property, which includes footpaths and road reserves. Conditions apply as to the location that advertising signboards can be placed. Advertising signboard permits expire on 30th of June each year and need to be renewed on an annual basis.

Responsible Authority: Council
How to Apply: Download the Permit Application for Street Trading (2015) (PDF, 184k) or contact Council’s Local Laws Department on (03) 5734 6200
Fees: Fees apply.

Tourist Signage

The prime purpose of tourist signing is to give visitors direction or guidance to tourist attractions and accommodation.

Responsible Authority: VicRoads and Council
Contact Vic Roads for all Vic Roads managed roads.
Contact Mitchell Shire Councils Engineering Services Department for all council managed roads.
How to Apply: Visit the Vic Roads Website to learn more about tourist signage.
Fees: Fees may apply.

Township Entrance Event Frames

Mitchell Shire Council manages nine tourism event promotion frames which are located at township entrances in Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour, Wallan and Wandong.

Responsible Authority: Council
How to Apply: Download the Township Entrance Event Frames Booking Form (PDF, 130k) or contact council’s Economic Development department on (03) 5734 6200
Fees: No Fees Apply