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Starting or growing your business

If you're looking to start or grow your business, Mitchell Shire Council is proactive in engaging business and industry development.

Council has a dedicated team to help guide your business through the application process. We recognise that starting a new business is hard enough, so we want to take the stress out of getting a permit and make sure you get the permits you need as smoothly as possible. Our team is here to make this happen and will help you at each stage of the process.

Before you apply

Before you apply, we'll help you get the advice you need to apply for the right permits for your business.

As you may need different permits to get your business up and running, applicants are encouraged to use our Self-Assessment Tool to identify the permits you might need. Following self-assessment, you can choose to be contacted by a Council officer to help with any questions you might have.

Once you have applied, we'll guide you through the process that gets you your permits.

You can contact us during business hours (8.30am - 5pm) on 03 5734 6200 or by email at

Small business self-assessment form

Use this form if you are not sure what permits to find out what permits you might need for your new or growing business.

Small business combined permit application

If you've completed the self-assessment form above and you're ready to apply for your required permits, you can use the combined application form below.

Permits combined in the form below include:

  • health, beauty and wellbeing premises
  • food premises
  • starting or changing a prescribed accommodation premises
  • installing or altering an on-site wastewater management system (septic tank)
  • advertising sign or banner, goods, chairs, or tables on footpaths
  • roadside trading

This page was last updated on 14 December 2020.