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Licences, permits and regulatory requirements

The licensing, permit or registration requirements for your business will depend on your business type and structure, its location, and whether you employ staff.

You must operate your business with the correct licences and permits. If you don't, you could experience serious penalties.

Contact your local council

Every council has different regulations. You can contact your local council, using the local government directory, to discuss town planning laws, zoning requirements and other issues such as home business requirements. You must gain council approval for any relevant issues before you begin operating.


There are many areas of your business that you may need to register, including your business name, trademark and domain name, as well as registering your business for tax. Learn more about getting the right licences and registrations for your business.

Licences, permits and regulatory requirements checklist