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
  • footpath trading

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

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

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If you require one permit or multiple permits and are ready to apply now?

Complete the small business approvals application form.

  • All
  • Business

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?

Liquor licence

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?

Building permit

Are you doing any form of building work?

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.

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

Moonee Ponds Chamber of Commerce

President: Jason Farrugia
Telstra Store Moonee Ponds

Centre Manager: Anna Henderson
Telephone: 0401 042 194

Niddrie Traders Association

President: Arthur Vlahogianis
c/o Blackgrape Accounting
1st floor, 374 Keilor Road, Niddrie 3042

Centre Manager: Silvana Troiani
Telephone: 0417 313 423


Essendon North Village Traders Association

President: Mark Errichiello
c/o Raine & Horne Essendon
1134B Mount Alexander Road Essendon, VIC 3040

Telephone: 0408 988 118

Union Road Traders Association

President: Kylie Watt
1/208 Union Road, Ascot Vale

Centre Manager: Judy Newton
Telephone: 9370 8847

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 $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