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Moonee Valley City Council

My Business

Let us help you.

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.

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:

  • planning
  • food and health
  • building
  • liquor license
  • footpath trading

Why not get started now by calling 03 9243 8866 or send us an email to book a Business Pre-Application meeting.

Only need one permit and ready to apply now?
Complete the small business application form here


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Opening a new business?

You need to complete and submit a small business application form.

To ensure compliance with legislative requirements we ask that you also prepare some floor plans/drawings for your premises. Refer to the following guidelines for assistance.

Food permit

All businesses that store, prepare, handle, serve and sell food must be registered/notified under the Food Act

Your business must be classified according to the highest level of risk of your food handling activities.

Determine your food premises classification risk.

Click here for more information.

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Prescribed Accommodation

  • Provide a floor plan of property

Your application will be assigned to a Health Officer who will liaise with you throughout the process until you are ready to open.

If you would like assistance in setting up your small business in Moonee Valley, contact our Economic Development unit on 9243 8866 or email

Transferring or buying an existing premise?

To assist you with transferring your business, you may request a Condition of Premise Inspection report (pdf, 384KB) to make sure you are aware of any outstanding orders or structural requirements placed ion the business before settlement.

An inspection will be conducted by a Health Officer.

Allow 14 Days from receipt of your documentation for your inspection to be undertaken and report sent.

You need to complete and submit a small business application form to transfer your business.

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  • Footpaths, Roads & Drains
  • Small Business

Works Zone permit

A “Works Zone” is a parking area on the carriageway, next to a construction site, which is exclusively for the use of vehicles engaged in the construction work at that site. Property owners and/or builders can reserve a “Works Zone” for a period of three (3) months via our Works Zone permit application form (pdf, 67KB). Applicants must…

Vehicle crossings

A vehicle crossing provides access to your property from the front property line to the road’s edge. A vehicle crossing must be a minimum of three metres in width at the property boundary. To construct, modify or relocate a crossover you must obtain two permits from Engineering Services: Vehicle Crossing Location Approval This permit must be obtained to…

Temporary road closure or street party

You must obtain a temporary road closure permit for the closure of any part of the road for special events such as: fun runs street parties community events There will be no fee for the above events. Applicants must state the following: Date, time, duration and location of the event Purpose of the closure Length…

Road Occupancy Permit

Applying for a Road Occupancy Permit You must obtain a Road Occupancy permit before occupying any surface on the road reserve including footpath, nature strip, channel, kerbing and road pavement. Occupancies also include parking over dimensional vehicles for over an hour and the use of cranes. To pay for the application by credit card, please complete and submit…

Planning permit

Are you changing the business type from its current form?
Are you changing the trading hours of the business?
Are you applying for or altering a liquor licence?
Are you adding or changing signage on the front of a building?
Are you looking to paint a heritage listed building?
Do you have a car park or are you seeking a reduction in car parking?

Park Access

Can I obtain a key to a park to access my property? From time to time, we receive enquiries from residents wanting to access their private property for construction or maintenance work via a Council managed park, garden or utility corridor. While we appreciate residents may want to access the rear of their property in this way, we are…

Out of hours construction work permit

With the exceptions of emergencies or planning permits, construction works can only be carried out between the hours of: 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday 9am and 3pm on Saturday No works on Sundays or public holidays   You must have an Out of Hours Permit to conduct construction works outside of the permitted hours outlined…

Liquor license

Do you plan to sell alcoholic drinks on your premises?

Health permit

Do you intend to sell health related services (e.g. hairdressing, beauty treatments, tattooing or skin piercing) on your premises?

Footpath trading permit

Are you planning on placing chairs and tables, an A-frame sign or display of goods (e.g. fruit stand) on the footpath?

Food permit

Do you intend to sell food or drink on the premises of your business?

Drainage requirements for developments

Stormwater and design requirements We have a stormwater drainage policy to control: the manner in which proposed developments discharge their stormwater runoff unnecessary surface flows overburdening of existing infrastructures Assessment of engineering design plans and calculations by Council is only necessary if specifically requested by us through a development’s Legal Point of Discharge, Planning Permit Conditions or…

Building permit

Are you doing any form of building work?

Build over Easement permit

Application for consent to build over Council’s Easement Building over an easement requires approval from us and/or City West Water. Applications for habitable rooms (e.g. bedroom, lounge room) to be constructed over an easement are not permitted. Property owners wanting to build over an easement must provide the following with their application: Plans of the proposed…

Asset protection permit

The majority of building works require materials to be moved to and from the property. We have found that this has the potential to damage our assets around the building site including footpaths, nature strips, kerb and channels, trees, signs, stormwater drainage facilities, laneways and the road pavement. You need to obtain an Asset Protection Permit to…

Application for Stormwater Asset details

If you require information about council stormwater drain, pit or easement details for a development. Please note: depending on location, drainage details are not always available or reliable. Council Stormwater Asset details (multi unit/commercial) Council Stormwater Asset details (single residential) Fees Stormwater Asset field inspection cost – $500Council Stormwater Easement details cost (multi unit/commercial) – $250Council…

Application for Legal Point of Discharge

When undertaking new building works, a legal point of discharge for the stormwater run-off will be required. For multi-unit developments the developer may be required to connect to an existing drain, construct a new drain or provide an on site detention system. Some extensions to an existing building may be connected into the existing stormwater…

Application for Drainage Inspection permit

We require an inspection of any: connection to a drain or drainage system easement or asset vested in or under our control works undertaken within an easement You must also complete a Drainage Inspection online application before beginning any of these activities. If the works are to be carried out in the road and/or nature strip, a Works within a Municipal Road…

Did you know we offer business grants up to $20,000!

Business Grants are available for projects and events that will benefit our local business areas.

Find out more and apply on our grants program page

Supporting our local businesses.

We also support our local business community by offering an annual series of events and workshops to provide the foundations for thriving businesses.

Take a look at our events and workshops and book yourself in here.

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,
business 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 $86. 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 request for landfill or recycling bin form (pdf, 80KB).

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.

Order a free business
environment kit

Have you been wondering how well your business is performing in its energy and water use?

You can borrow our new Business Environment Kit, which contains equipment and instructions to help you find ways of saving energy and water.

To book the kit, give us a call on 9243 8888 or email

What's in the kit?

The kit contains:

  • Energy monitor – to measure energy consumption of appliances to see which ones need to be used sparingly, and where standby power is being drawn needlessly.

  • Energy smart thermometer – to measure hot water temperature, room temperature and fridge and freezer temperatures. You may have things hotter or colder than they need to be

  • Infra-red thermometer – to measure surface temperatures such as walls and windows. You may be losing or gaining heat, which can be fixed with insulation or shade

  • Light meter – to help apply the ideal light conditions in your work environment

  • Water flow measure cup – to assess how much water taps or showers use and to find out whether you should reduce the flow rates

Upgrade your solar and lighting with Energy$mart

Future-proof your business from rising energy costs by going solar and upgrading your lights through our Energy$mart program.

The program offers:

  • free lighting and solar assessments by experienced and reputable providers
  • no obligation quotations for quality products and installation
  • a great return on investment through a solar system, with typical payback periods of between five and 10 years
  • reduced energy costs by up to 80 per cent and dramatically reduced maintenance costs through long lasting LED lights

We have appointed reputable and experienced solar and lighting professionals to carry out the installations and efficient lighting retrofits for businesses, schools and community organisations across our neighbourhoods.

Contact our lighting and solar providers directly:

Cherry Energy Solutions on 1300 570 886 (solar and lighting)

For more information call one of our friendly staff on 9243 8888.

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


What projects can be funded?

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 helpful business information

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