Taking an idea and turning it into a business is exciting. Where we can, the City is here to help make your dream a reality.

When starting a new business, there are important steps you need to go through to ensure you are running a safe and legal business. From a local government perspective, this means having:

  • a business plan
  • all required permits
  • your business registered with the relevant authorities.

We recommend the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) as a starting point. They provide support, guidance, and resources to help you start a new business. The steps they take you through will teach you about business planning, your legal obligations, determining skills, and much more.

Once you’re ready to start your new business, the City has a few steps we recommend following:

Step 1 – Research Canning

Canning is a great location for all types of businesses. The City Profile page will take you through the economics and demographics of working in Canning.

On the Maps page, we have a free-to-use online mapping tool you can use to look property details, ward boundaries, and much more.

Step 2 – Determine required permits

Different businesses have different permit requirements. We have outlined our permit processes online:

If you don’t fit one of these categories, use the SBDC Business Licence Finder. This tool will list the permits and licences you may need based on the information you provide.

Step 3 – Building and Planning Services

Your business may require building and/or planning services.

Not sure what to do?

It is natural to not be sure what to do when starting a new business. If you are ever unsure what to do next or would like advice, contact us on 1300 422 664 and ask to chat with the Business Development team.

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