Do you need approval?

Depending on the nature and location of your business, you may require approval before your business can proceed.

The City of Wanneroo requires planning approval, building permits, and licenses for businesses to ensure they operate safely, legally, and in accordance with relevant regulations. These approvals protect public health and safety, promote fair competition among businesses, and help maintain a safe and healthy community.

Types of approvals and permits

Following is an overview of each of the types of approvals, permits and licenses that may be required:

Planning Approval (often referred to as Development Approval)

This is required for most new businesses or changes to existing businesses that impact the use of land or buildings. The City assesses the proposed use of land or buildings against relevant planning policies and regulations to ensure that it is appropriate for the area.

Building Permit

This is typically required for any new construction or alterations to existing buildings. Building permits ensure that the work is carried out in accordance with relevant building codes and safety standards.

Health Approval

This is required for certain businesses, such as hairdressers and beauty salons, to ensure that they meet health and safety standards.

Other types of permits you may require

This is required before a business can begin operating in a new or renovated building. It certifies that the building is suitable for occupancy and meets all relevant building and safety codes.
This is required for businesses that serve alcohol to the public.
This is required for businesses that want to operate outside of their normal trading hours or on public holidays.
This is required for businesses that generate excessive noise, such as music venues or construction sites.
This is required for businesses that want to install signage, such as storefront signs or billboards.

Business approval Self-Assessment Tool

The City provides an online Self-Assessment Tool, which can help you to identify which approvals, permits, and licenses you may require for your business.

Please note that the Self-Assessment Tool is available on the City’s main website. If you have any issues using the tool, please contact us.

Book a pre-application meeting (optional)

We recommend scheduling a pre-application meeting with the City of Wanneroo’s Approvals Team before submitting your application.

Although optional, there are many benefits:

  • Provides guidance and assistance before submitting your application(s)
  • Opportunity to discuss your proposal with the Approvals Team
  • Can help you address potential issues before submitting your application

A pre-application meeting is particularly useful for innovative, tricky, or different proposals.

Important note: Remember to bring any relevant documents and plans to the meeting for the team to review.

More information and contact

For more information on selecting a suitable location for your business, please contact us via email or phone.

Next step: Lodge your approval applications

The next step in your new business venture is to lodge the required applications(s).

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