Business Permits and Regulations

Whether you are starting a new business or running an existing one, it's important to find out what Council regulations apply to your business. Council can provide businesses with information, application forms and permits.

Please visit the City of Port Phillip Business Permits & Regulations page or view some common permit requirements below:

Footpath Tading

Want to put goods or furniture on the footpath? Footpath Trading

Do you want your premise to be smoke free? Smoke Free Trading

Mobile Food

Want to sell food at a festival, market or from a mobile food van? Temporary and mobile food businesses  Mobile Food Vehicles

New Business

Want to open up a new café or restaurant? Or buying an existing café or restaurant? Or renovating? Businesses selling food

Want to open up a hairdressing salon, beauty therapy or tattooing business? Personal care premises

Liquor Licencing

Want to get a new liquor license? Find out about licencing through the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Regulation, statutory planning requirements, joining the Port Phillip Licensee Forum and the Late Night Liquor Licence Freeze. Liquor Licensing    


Want to open up an accommodation business? Prescribed accommodation


Want to film around the City of Port Phillip? Filming in Port Phillip

You may require additional permits, other than those from City of Port Phillip to operate your business. Visit the Australian Business and Licensing Information Service to find national, state and local licence and regulatory obligations in one place.


Are you a community group planning on doing some fundraising? Community group fundraising

Weddings, Events & Functions in Parks

All events, promotions or art installations held in public open space require a permit. This includes footpaths, roads, laneways and reserves. For more information download the factsheet.

Foreshore Recreation Activities

Outdoor Commercial Recreation Activities are permitted within the City of Port Phillip and advertised through an Expression of Interest process.


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