The assessment on whether you need a Planning permit is based on the business address, the type of business, the parking needs, and the prior use of the land and permit history. Here are aspects to consider while looking for business premises.
If your business is home-based, see Running a business from home for any Planning Permit requirements.
The location of your business can affect whether you need a Planning Permit, or even if you are permitted to run your business there.
Know your location already? Or ready to sign a lease?
- If you already have a location in mind for your business and would like to get some site-specific advice for your business, you can talk to our Statutory Planning Team on 1300 88 22 33 or (03) 9298 4598
- You can submit a business permit enquiry form, or talk to Council’s Business Concierge, to get accurate information on the Council permits required for your business.
We also encourage you to seek independent legal advice before signing a lease for your business, as not all permit applications are approved.
Not sure of the location yet?
Considerations when narrowing down a location for your business are:
- Is the location adjacent to a Road Zone Category 1? You can find this information on the VicPlan website. A planning permit is required to create or alter access to a Road in a Road Zone Category 1.
- Are there any restrictions such as S173 or covenant on the title of the land? You can check the title on the Landata website.
- The premises’ current usage can also impact whether a permit is required. Ask the real-estate agent or the landlord for more information on the current use of the land.
Broadly, most businesses in Maroondah will be located in a Commercial, Industrial or Residential Zone. You can check the Planning Zones and overlays that apply to your business address using VicPlan. The following table can help determine if a Planning Permit is required.
| Industrial zone
| Residential zone
Commercial 1 zone
No permit required
Provided no frontage at ground floor level exceeds 2 metres and access isn’t shared with a dwelling (other than a caretaker's house).
Car parking requirements
The available car parking arrangements can also affect whether you need a Planning Permit, for your business.
Please ask the real estate agent to provide you information on the number of car park spaces available at the premises to work out if you need to apply for a Planning permit.
For a childcare business, you will need to provide 0.22 car parking spaces per child. If your business premises do not meet this criteria, you are likely to need to apply for a Planning permit.
The presence of planning overlays on your property will influence if a Planning Permit is required for any building works.
If there are no overlays at the premises and:
- you are only planning to carry out internal fit-outs to the building, you do not need a Planning Permit.
- you plan to increase the gross floor area, you may need a Planning Permit.
- you plan to carry out works to the exterior of the building, you may need a Planning Permit.
If there is an overlay at the premises and:
- you are planning to carry out internal or external works, you are likely to need a Planning Permit.
For site-specific advice on whether you need a Planning permit, talk to our Planning Team or submit an online business permit enquiry.
You may also need a Planning Permit if you want to install advertising signage for your business, depending on the zoning of the premises and the extent of signage proposed. To see if you need a Planning Permit, please contact our Statutory Planning Team on 1300 88 22 33 or (03) 9298 4598.
Ready to apply?
Apply for a Planning Permit