What you need to know

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Setting up your own business is exciting, but can also be challenging if you are not prepared.

We are here to take you through each step and help you understand what's ahead. If you already own a business and need some advice on how to grow, check out what services we have to support you.

What permits do I need for my new or existing business?

It is likely you will need at least one permit to operate your small business.

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Business Permit Checklist self-assessment tool

To see what permits you may need from Council, complete our Business Permit Checklist self-assessment tool.

Read to apply?

If you require one or multiple permits and are ready to apply now, complete our Small Business Approvals Application Form.

Not sure which permit is right for you?

We can help. Submit an online enquiry via our new MyCouncil portal and a member of our customer service team will be able to assist you in finding the right permit for your small business.

One of our friendly staff can help you figure out what type of permit/s you may need and will guide you through the permit application process.

We cover the following areas:

To find out more about each of these areas view the permit pages above.

COVID-19 information for businesses

Council plays a vital role in ensuring public health and will continue to support DHHS as they work to ensure the health and safety of Victorians.

Moonee Valley's shopping precincts remain open for business and we are in regular communication with our business associations to look at ways of communicating with customers and clients to provide a welcome message.

The below information is to help you navigate the latest support available to businesses.

Grants for business

Council has been supporting local businesses to adapt to the challenges faced by the pandemic through our grants programs.

In 2021/22 we are offering grants to businesses delivering projects that will help revive our business precincts and benefit our whole community.

Find out more and apply on our grants program page.

Supporting our local businesses.

We have been working hard to support our local business community by offering events and programs.

Click here to take a look.

Victorian and Commonwealth Government support

The Victorian and Commonwealth governments are jointly funding new packages to give Victorian small and medium businesses support.

Find out more on the Business Victoria website.

COVID-19 planning exemptions

The Victorian Government has introduced exemptions to the Victorian Planning Scheme Clause 52.18 (State of emergency and recovery exemptions) to support the hospitality sector utilise outdoor dining as part of the response to COVID-19.

Click here to learn more.

Business reopening stakeholder pack

To support business owners to reopen, the Business Stakeholder Pack has been developed and contains customisable content and downloadable artwork.

Click here to take a look.

Jobs Victoria Fund

The Jobs Victoria Fund is providing $250 million in wage subsidies to assist Victorian businesses to employ at least 10,000 people who are looking for work.

Click here to take a look.

We run workshops and mentoring services to help you achieve your dreams.

Have a look at some of our upcoming events to see the ways your business could be improved.


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10jun11:30 am3:00 pmWomen in Business Luncheon11:30 am - 3:00 pm Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom RoadEvent Type :Business

Local shopping and business precincts are the heart of our community.

The major shopping precincts are:

  • Union Road, Ascot Vale
  • Racecourse Road, Flemington
  • Keilor Road, Niddrie
  • Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds Business Precinct
  • Essendon Junction, North Essendon
  • Strathmore

Council works closely with its local Trader Associations to make their business precincts strong and vibrant.

Special rates and charges

There are four business areas in Moonee Valley that collect a special rate and charge. Union Road, Niddrie, Moonee Ponds and Flemington. All the funds collected from the Special Rates and Charges are provided to the relevant trader associations and are used for marketing, business development, and the associated encouragement of commercial activity for the Business Precincts.

We consider that the Special Rates and Charges for these important Business Precincts will provide an added benefit to all properties and businesses within the boundary of the rates.

Business Associations


Flemington Chamber of Commerce

President: Jayson Watts
Nelson Alexander

Centre Manager: Anna Henderson
Telephone: 0401 042 194
Email: anna@x2marketing.com.au
Website: https://www.flemingtontraders.com.au/

Moonee Ponds Rate Levy Association (Moonee Ponds Traders)

President: Michael Wilson
Wilson Business Services
Email: michaelw@wbspl.com.au

Centre Manager: Anna Henderson
Telephone: 0401 042 194
Email: anna@x2marketing.com.au


Niddrie Traders Association

President: Jacqui Barnett
Niddrie Traders Association

Centre Manager: Silvana Troiani
Telephone: 0417 313 423
Email: info@niddrieshopping.com.au
Website: https://www.niddrieshopping.com.au/


Essendon North Village Traders Association

President: Richard Pierse
Telephone: 0427 001 157
Email: rapierse@outlook.com

Joint President: Brad Turville
Telephone: 0411 119 242
Email: brad@bjtfinancial.com.au

Union Road Traders Association

Website: https://www.unionroad.com.au

President: Maria Iatrou
Espresso 155
Email: president@unionroad.com.au

Precinct Manager: Bonnie Lethlean
Telephone: 0409 553 228
Email: unionroadtraders@unionroad.com.au

Moonee Ponds Chamber of Commerce

President: Olga Kenny
Email: paulenemaree@gmail.com
Telephone: 9375 2474

Going green is good for business

We all have to be more aware of our impact on the environment. It's not just about what we do at home, businesses can be green too.

Making your business sustainable

Business recycling

We encourage all our businesses to adopt healthy recycling habits and provide a fortnightly recycling service for all Moonee Valley businesses for a one off cost of $98. This includes the supply and delivery of a 240 litre yellow lid recycling bin.

If you would like more information contact our friendly customer service team on 03 9243 8888, or go ahead and order your recycling bin by completing a request for service.

Transfer Station drop offs

Moonee Valley businesses can also take recyclables to our Transfer Station for free.

recycleNo matter what size your business is, being sustainable can help improve your business performance and profitability.

Fund your sustainable upgrade through Building Upgrade Finance

Building upgrade finance allows commercial building owners to fund environmental improvement works, which are then repaid quarterly through your Council rates.

The long-term fixed interest finance can be used for projects that improve energy, water and waste performance in existing buildings.

Under a building upgrade agreement, a lender provides finance to a building owner and the local council collects repayments through the rates system. The council then passes the property charge onto the lender.

Building upgrade finance is a proven way to fund environmental building upgrades and can improve your working environment, create a more valuable asset, reduce your building's carbon footprint, lower operating costs and retain tenants.

Existing commercial buildings can be funded through building upgrade finance such as:

  • offices
  • industrial buildings
  • retail buildings
  • hospitals
  • hotels

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Building upgrades
Building fabric insulation upgrade
Cool roof coating
External solar shading
Green roof installation
High performance windows
Reduce building infiltration/exfiltration

Energy sources
Domestic hot water sustainability via technology upgrade
Recued carbon on-site energy source
Grid-connected renewable energy, with or without battery storage
Solar thermal hot water
Power factor correction

Lighting control upgrades
Lighting technology upgrade

Plant upgrades
Drive and fan efficiency upgrades
Duct testing and sealing
Ducting and piping insulation
HVAC efficiency via control upgrade
HVAC technology upgrade
Permanent high efficiency commercial appliances
Permanent refrigeration upgrades
Pool efficiency upgrades

Blackwater system
Greywater system
Rainwater system
Water efficiency measures

Other programs and resources

There are a number of programs and resources that can help your business to actively reduce its negative impact on the environment.

More business information 

  • For a detailed snapshot of Moonee Valley's business make-up visit REMPLAN's economic profile for the municipality


Local government is the third level of government in Australia and implement policies, regulations and programs set by other levels of government.

Councils provide statutory services required under various State laws including:

  • the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
  • the Food Act 1984
  • the Planning and Environment Act 1987
  • the Building Act 1983

Each council also has the powers to set their own regulations and local laws. Permits are required to ensure that businesses operate in a safe manner.

The cost of permits varies depending on your business. Each department in Council have a schedule of fees

View schedule of permit application costs guide.

Each department has different turn-around times for issuing permits.

For Food and Health permits, allow 21 days for assessment once your application has been submitted. Registration certificates are then issued once payment is made.

Other permits, such as Footpath Trading Permit, may have a shorter assessment period, depending on internal referrals, and are issued once payment is made.

Planning Permits are governed by 'statutory' time limits, and may take several months to be approved.

There are many situations where you may need a planning permit and/or a building permit. This depends on your planned works, as well as the types of overlays and planning zones on the property.

To see Planning zones and overlays, you can do a Property and Parcel search.

Building permits relate specifically to the carrying out of building construction, whereas planning permits are legal documents that allows a certain use and / or development on land.

You can operate a business from your home without a planning permit as long as you meet the requirements outlined in the Home Based Business clause of the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

This is to ensure that the amenity of the neighbourhood is not adversely affected by a business conducted in or from a dwelling.

Any food or health business must have a current Environmental Health permit regardless of where it is located.

Yes, if your business complies with the Home Based Business Guidelines you are able to put up a sign on your property to advertise your business up to a maximum size of 0.2 metres squared (eg, 50cm x 40cm) without the need to apply for a planning permit.

If you wish to have a larger sign you may need to apply for a planning permit.

Each site is different and a permit may be required to display advertising signage. It is recommended to contact Council with your proposal.

Council does not control the type of businesses that will open up in an area, other than ensuring that they comply with requirements. For example, a new hairdresser can open up next to an existing hairdresser.

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For any questions or support call 03 9243 8866 or email business@mvcc.vic.gov.au to arrange a phone consultation.