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 summer. This builds on Yarra Council’s existing economic development and recovery programs to support local business and on-the-ground economic recovery. 

One package, delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government through its Metropolitan Partnerships Development Fund, will boost local businesses, our arts community and live entertainment scene.

Initiatives in this package include:

  • See Northside, which gives local and emerging artists a great opportunity to showcase their talent while helping to create a rich and vibrant atmosphere for local residents and visitors. 
  • A new digital campaign supporting local business in Nicholson Village. 
  • A special arts and culture event for younger people to be held in early 2022. 
  • A new music and entertainment event for Richmond’s Swan Street in 2022.

Starting a business 

  • 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.

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How we support businesses in Yarra

  • 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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  • Economic research

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

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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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  • E-newsletter

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

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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.