What you need to know

My Business

We know setting up a business can be hard, but we're here to help. We've got plenty of resources to guide you through starting up your business and to help it thrive.

Ready 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.

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:

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

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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.


21jun1:00 pm2:00 pmSetting up for the best start for the New Financial Year1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Webinar, WebinarEvent Type :Business

22jun10:00 am12:00 pmHow to undertake a Digital Audit of your Business10:00 am - 12:00 pm OnlineEvent Type :Business

22jun2:30 pm3:30 pmSolving the hospitality staffing crisis2:30 pm - 3:30 pm OnlineEvent Type :Business

23jun12:00 pm2:00 pm5 Pillars of Greater Health by Own your Own Health Collective12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Work Tank, 384 Keilor Road, Niddrie Event Type :Business

24jun10:00 am3:00 pmSmall Business Mentoring10:00 am - 3:00 pm OnlineEvent Type :Business


14jul10:00 am12:00 pmThe Strengths Approach - Working and Playing in your Genius Zone10:00 am - 12:00 pm Work Tank, 384 Keilor Road, Niddrie Event Type :Business

20jul10:00 am12:00 pmBusiness as usual - Leading the way to the new normal10:00 am - 12:00 pm Work Tank, 384 Keilor Road, Niddrie Event Type :Business

22jul10:00 am3:00 pmSmall Business Mentoring10:00 am - 3:00 pm Moonee Valley Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway AvenueEvent Type :Business

28jul10:00 am12:00 pmBuild Emotional Intelligence by Own your Own Health Collective10:00 am - 12:00 pm Work Tank, 384 Keilor Road, Niddrie Event Type :Business

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.

COVID-19 Recovery Grants

These grants are designed to support businesses to adapt to the new challenges faced by the pandemic.

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.

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 Chamber of Commerce

President: Roy Habibis

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


Niddrie Traders Association

President: Position Vacant
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: Tony Kyriakidis
King of Clippers
1134B Mount Alexander Road Essendon, VIC 3040

Telephone: 9379 8594
Email: tony@kingofclippers.com.au

Union Road Traders Association

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

President: Maria Iatrou
Espresso 155
Email: espresso155union@gmail.com

Secretary: Meryn Pratt
HQ Melbourne
Telephone: 0419 321 771
Email: secretary@unionroad.com.au

Precinct Manager: Alice Hodges
Telephone: 0400 326 866
Email: unionroadtraders@unionroad.com.au

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

Solar Fund Brochure

Upgrade Fund Brochure

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