Business in Yarra


There are more than 18,500 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.

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. 

Find your perfect property match

Are you looking to lease a commercial property, but not quite sure if it's right for you and your business? Check the address with our free commercial property look up, and you'll receive a report with property details, council demographics, and permit details. No sign up required, and it’s completely free. 

Commercial Property Lookup

  • 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?

    Whether you're opening a new business, or buying an existing business, please tell us and we'll help you with any council permits.

    Send us an enquiry

How we support businesses in Yarra

  • Yarra City Jobs

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

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  • Economic research

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

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  • Yarra Business News

    Sign up to receive the latest local business news.

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  • Our precincts

    Explore interactive maps of our 12 iconic retail and service precincts.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Business sustainability

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

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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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  • Business grants and funding

    Learn about the range of grants and funding options available to Yarra businesses.

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