Business in Yarra


There are more than 16,600 businesses operating in Yarra, making us home to one of the largest economies in metropolitan Melbourne.

Our vision is for Yarra to be recognised as a smart and sustainable city, with vibrant and thriving precincts and an engaged local business community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visit our Support for your business during COVID-19 page to learn about support and information on offer for your business during this time. 

Precinct activations and economic recovery 

We will deliver a number of initiatives over the coming months to support local business to rebound and thrive. This builds on Yarra Council’s existing economic development programs to support local businesses. 

To see what's coming up in Yarra, visit Rediscover Yarra

Opening a business 

If you're looking to open a business in Yarra, you will receive one-on-one support through our business concierge service. A member of our economic development team will be your dedicated contact person at Yarra Council to help you with any permits and advice you may need. To get started, complete our enquiry form and tell us about your business idea.

  • Before you start

    If you're opening a business, there's a lot to learn before you begin. Finding a location, permits and more.

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  • Ready to enquire?

    Tell us about your business idea and we'll help you apply for the right permits.

    Send us an enquiry

How we support businesses in Yarra

  • Economic research

    Valuable, local data from our annual audits and the Australian and Victorian governments.

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  • E-newsletter

    Subscribe to receive the latest business news, event invitations and business tips.

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  • Permits for your business

    Find out about the different kinds of permits you might need to run your business in Yarra.

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  • Food safety information

    If your business serves food, then it's important that you understand food safety requirements.

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  • Mentoring

    Free consultation and mentoring for new and existing businesses in Yarra.

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  • North Richmond

    What we're doing to make Victoria Street and North Richmond a safer, more attractive and welcoming place for everyone.

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  • Events and training

    Free training and networking events for local businesses.

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  • Communities and forums

    Join a networking group, business forum or advisory group.

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  • Retail directories

    Explore interactive maps of some of our iconic shopping precincts.

  • Business sustainability

    Tips to deal with business waste sustainably and improve your energy efficiency.

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  • Employment

    Assistance hiring and working in Yarra.

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  • Accessibility

    Guidelines for businesses to ensure that everyone can enjoy our shopping strips, restaurants and other venues.

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  • Handbook

    Download our free business handbook, containing useful information and resources to help you run your business in Yarra.

  • Yarra City Jobs

    Our free, online employment portal for businesses and job seekers in Yarra.

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