Getting help to open a business 

Whether you have a great idea for a business or are looking to take over an existing operation, having accurate information about your business obligations, the market you are entering, competitors and understanding your finances is vital to building a successful venture.

Business Victoria provides a range of helpful resources, information and guidance about planning, starting and running your business. It offers simple and convenient access to all the government information, transactions and services you need.

If you want to start a business and you need help, contact the Economic Development Branch at Moreland Council on 9240 1111 or email Business Moreland

Planning, permits and regulations

Obtaining the right approvals from Council is essential to the success of any business, whether you’re starting a business, expanding or relocating a business, or changing the nature of your business activities.

We encourage you to:

  • Discuss your plans with an Economic Development Officer to ensure that all areas are covered
  • Check with Council to confirm whether a permit is required for some, or all, aspects of your business
  • Submit an application for permit (if required), which can be obtained from Council
  • Provide Council with all required information and supporting material such as plans, reports or even photographs that describe your business precisely
  • Describe the nature of your business. Information that may be required might include - area requirements, number of employees and patrons, operating hours, transport and parking needs and any off-site effects such as odour, noise and general image.

Who to talk to for more information

We can help guide you through Council's processes and assist with your business venture.

But first, let’s work out who you need to to talk to.

Area of Council Further information


Building deals with alterations, demolitions, new buildings or extensions, to ensure that your business meets fire, safety and structural standards.


If you’re planning a new business in Moreland, or the expansion of an existing business where the cost of works is greater than $100,000, or where it can be demonstrated that the development will result in a significant increase in local employment, you may be eligible for Commercial Planning Priority. 

Environmental Health

Environmental Health regulates the registration of food and health-related businesses to ensure that all health requirements and standards are met. 

Local Laws

Local Laws regulates and issues permits relating to the placement of outdoor furniture, product displays and A-frame footpath signage.

The unit also assists in regulating car parking across the City, including ensuring turnover of vital customer car parking, and business, residential and disabled persons parking permits.



Commercial waste services

Council offers garbage and recycling collection services for non-residential properties, including a standard commercial service and a Commercial Plus service.

Contact us

Maria Rico

Commercial and Industrial Investment Facilitation

Maria acts as first point of contact to advance key commercial and industrial investment projects. Maria supports growing businesses to remain in Moreland, and new investment projects that grow local jobs.

Phone: 9240 2392
Email Maria Rico

Elisa Grassa

Business Development Officer

Elisa provides support to new and existing small businesses, startups, home-based business owners, entrepreneurs and those thinking about starting a business venture. Elisa coordinates Business Moreland’s events and programs. 

Phone: 9240 2370
Email Elisa Grassa