What you need to know
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:
- Food Permit
- Health Permit
- Footpath Trading Permit
- Mobile Food Vehicle Permit
- Planning Permit (including liquor)
- Building Permit
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.
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.
Business reopening stakeholder pack
To support business owners to reopen, the Business Stakeholder Pack has been developed and contains customisable content and downloadable artwork.
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.
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.
- Leading Running your Business in 21/22
- 0. Introduction
- 1. Set the right pathway so you are in control of your business
- 2. Manage your finances better
- 3. Use the tools of Xero to help you make informed decisions
- 4. Manage staff more effectively
- 5. Implement better polices and procedures
- 6. Performance manage your staff better for greater outcomes
- 7. Know what to do if things don't go to plan in business
- Learn how to lead your business 13 August 2021 (PDF)
- Workbook - MKS-KBA Collaboration (PDF)
- Coming out of lockdown - 13 business strategies to deploy
- Watch setting the right pathway to trade through the next wave of COVID-19 webinar
- Watch the Business experts speak on surviving COVID-19 webinar
- Watch the Cutting Through & Understanding the Government Stimulus Packages webinar
- Watch the Managing Staff in These Difficult Times webinar
- Watch the Business Support Webinar - Surviving & Growing through the COVID19 outbreak webinar
- Watch the Business after COVID19 - getting you back on track webinar
- Watch The Property Landscape - Present situation & market sentiment webinar (password: 5d&D8Zk@)
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
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.
Flemington Chamber of Commerce
President: Jayson Watts
Moonee Ponds Chamber of Commerce
President: Michael Wilson
Wilson Business Services
Niddrie Traders Association
President: Position Vacant
Niddrie Traders Association
Essendon North Village Traders Association
President: Tony Kyriakidis
King of Clippers
1134B Mount Alexander Road Essendon, VIC 3040
Union Road Traders Association
President: Maria Iatrou
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
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.
Transfer Station drop offs
Moonee Valley businesses can also take recyclables to our Transfer Station for free.
No 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:
- industrial buildings
- retail buildings
Building fabric insulation upgrade
Cool roof coating
External solar shading
Green roof installation
High performance windows
Reduce building infiltration/exfiltration
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
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
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.
- Sustainable Business Victoria
- Sustainable purchasing factsheet
- Reducing your refrigeration costs factsheet
- Efficient heating and cooling factsheet
- Waste reduction and recycling factsheet
More business information
- Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource designed to help you start, run and grow your business
- The Australian Taxation Office (ATO)offers businesses free and practical tax support online, over the phone and face-to-face
- Moonee Valley City Council is a Small Business Friendly Council
- Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry offers information, programs and support to businesses
- Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) helps grow Victoria's diverse and vibrant economy by supporting pro-business policies and programs and the development of innovative industries
- Department of Employment provides national leadership in education and workplace training, transition to work and conditions and values in the workplace
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) promotes competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, businesses and the community
- Australian Government business website offers you simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services you need
- For a detailed snapshot of Moonee Valley's business make-up visit REMPLAN's economic profile for the municipality