Starting, expanding or buying a business

Thank you for choosing Hindmarsh Shire as a place to start or grow your business. Our Economic Development team are here to support businesses in Hindmarsh. We assist you in accessing support with:

  • Business planning and mentoring
  • Business approvals and permit applications
  • Business Grants
  • Local and regional business networks
  • Business support services

You may be taking over an existing business, making alterations or setting up a new business. It is likely that you will need our support with your Council permits.

Each of our towns has a unique competitive advantage with opportunities in industry such as agriculture, food and beverage, tourism and health. Each of these sectors may be impacted by unique permit requirements. We understand that it can be difficult to know where to start. We have created this webpage as a roadmap to help you understand the permit application process, and the impact of regulations on your plans.

If you are in your planning stage, you may want to look at our Business Starter Kit or click here for more information about the Hindmarsh region.

If you are ready to understand your permit requirements, the following information helps you to get started.

What type of permits might my business need?

There are a range of permits or registrations your business might need including:

  • Planning- includes permits for subdividing land, use of land, use of building for business, displaying signs, street trading and other statutory planning requirements. Click for more information.
  • Building- includes building permits that relate to the method of construction of a building or development, and the use of the building to ensure it meets relevant building codes. Click for more information.
  • Health- includes registration and certificates required for wastewater and septic systems, food premises, accommodation premises, hairdressers, beauty premises and tattoo premises.
  • Community Safety- includes traders' parking permits, domestic animal business permits, and footpath trading permits for furniture, display items or A frames placed on the footpath or on council land. 

We are currently developing a Business Permit Checklist to help you understand which permits you may need to apply for. More information and resources are to come!

1. Prepare

Spend time now preparing to get your application right. Providing the right information and using the professional assistance of a quality draftsperson or planning consultant (if required) can save time on the assessment and may get the doors to your business open sooner.

What is your business idea?

Start by writing down what you know about your business proposal. You will need to be able to describe the type of business you want to set up and how it will operate in some detail.

Background research

These links below will provide you with a range of advice and tools to assist your business preparation:

Our Business Kit also provides some useful information for businesses in Hindmarsh.

What permits do I need?

Click here to complete our online Business Permit Checklist Form.

Permit support meeting

If you need multiple permits, the Economic Development Team can arrange a meeting with you and the relevant Council departments to get advice on what information you'll need to include in your application. Simply complete the Business Permit Checklist and we will contact you to arrange a meeting. These meetings are free.

You are ready to apply!

Once you have your business proposal, you know which permits you need to apply for and what information you need to provide, you are ready to apply.

2. Apply

Once you have completed the Business Permit Checklist and/or spoken with our team to confirm which permit(s) apply to your business, you are ready to apply.

To find the links for your application forms, click below:

3. Assessment

Once your permit application form has been submitted, we will begin assessing your application.

Receiving the application

The Economic Development Team is available as your point of contact throughout this process. The teams in each permit department will be assigned to your application, and they will contact you to advise the expected timelines to assess your application. You are welcome to contact the permit teams directly to check on the status of your application but you can always keep connected with Economic Development for general support through the approvals process.

Permit payments

There are standard fees that apply to all permit types. The details of your application will determine the exact fees and charges. A team member from the relevant department will contact you after you submit your application, to confirm the final fee and payment details.

Requests for further information

You may receive a request for further information during the assessment phase. Please be prompt in responding to any requests as a slow response may delay a decision on your application.

4. Outcome

Once we have finished our assessment, we will be in touch to confirm our decision.

If your application is approved, we will email you a copy of your permit or registration and, where appropriate, hard copies will also be mailed to you.

When you are ready to open the doors, our Economic Development team will assist you to hit the ground running by flagging services or grants that will help your business to grow and succeed.

Thank you for choosing Hindmarsh as a place to start or grow your business.

Support - Economic Development Team

Our Economic Development team are available to provide advice and support for businesses.

We're your first point of contact before you apply, during the application process, and after you open the doors.

We can provide information up-front and discuss the steps you'll need to take to open your business. We'll clarify who to speak to and the support available from Council or other organisations, based on your circumstances.

At any time, we're here to give you the right information before you sign a lease or purchase a property, to avoid you making costly mistakes.

You can call our Economic Development team on (03) 5391 4444 or email us at info@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au.

COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

Following the further easing of restrictions, changes have been made to Council's Customer Service Centres and Libraries.

Our Nhill Customer Service centre is now open to members of the public from Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Our Dimboola, Jeparit and Rainbow Libraries and Customer Service centres have also opened, you can find out the opening hours by visit our Libraries page here.

The Nhill Cinema will re-open in the new year.

Updated 3/12/2020