Business registration

To see what codes affect your business, visit Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS). ABLIS can identify relevant state, territory, local and Australian government licences, permits, approvals, regulations and codes of practice, allowing you to obtain detailed information and manage compliance obligations. 

Premises Registration 

Food businesses (including food vehicles), accommodation businesses and personal care and body art businesses must register or notify with us any premises in which that business is done if it is in the City of Yarra.

You must comply with the applicable legislation: Food Act 1984, Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

If you are taking over an existing premises, you must follow a different process. Please see how do I transfer the registration of a premises.

See the steps below if you are starting up a new food, accommodation or personal care premises in the City of Yarra.

For all types of premises

Step 1 - Check if your business can be conducted at the intended address

You need to make sure that the business you are planning is able to be conducted at your intended address. Contact our Planning Department to check the permitted uses and see if a permit is required by calling 9205 5555 or emailing

Step 2 - Obtain any required building permits

If you are intending on constructing a new building or making any structural changes to an existing building you will need to obtain the necessary building permits. Contact our Building Department on 9205 5555 for this information or email

Step 3 – Set up the premises so it complies with all relevant requirements (see further information on requirements below).

Step 4 – Obtain, complete and lodge an application for registration or a notification form and pay the relevant fees.

For further information on requirements for the different business types see below:

Food premises

Personal care and body art premises 

Personal care and body art businesses include hairdressing, beauty treatments, tattooing, ear-piercing and colonic irrigation.

Accommodation premises 

Accommodation businesses are motels, hotels, hostels, student dormitories and rooming houses.