Moreland City Council understands that new and expanding businesses can have a significant benefits to community, including increasing employment and investment in Moreland.
If you want to establish a new business or expand an existing business in Moreland you may need a planning permit.
The best way to find out if you need a planning permit and what is required for a planning permit application is to contact Council or visit the Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg to speak to a Council planning officer. This is a free service.
Applying for a planning permit
To apply for a planning permit for a new business or expansion to an existing business you need to submit a planning permit application to Council. You can submit the application and pay the fee online.
For step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a planning permit and what information you need to submit with the application, see the planning process.
Some commercial applications may qualify for the Commercial Priority process.
Council has a Commercial Priority process to help reduce delays for planning permit applications.
A planning permit application qualifies for Commercial Priority if it proposes:
- a new business in Moreland, or
- development for an expansion of an existing business where the cost of works is greater than $100,000 or where it can be demonstrated that the development will result in a significant increase in local employment.
In most cases, Commercial Priority applications will be approved in less than 60 statutory days. There are no extra planning fees for Commercial Priority applications.
For more information, see:
- Commercial Priority brochure (PDF 855Kb)
- Commercial Priority brochure (DOC 766Kb)
- Commercial Priority checklist (PDF 63Kb)
- Commercial Priority checklist (DOC 255Kb)
The best way to find out if your proposal qualifies for Commercial Priority and complies with the Moreland Planning Scheme is to contact Council to organise a free pre-application meeting with our Commercial Priority Planner.
Other requirements for commercial applications
Development Contributions Plan levy
The Development Contribution Plan (DCP) is a levy for developments that are proposing to increase the number of dwellings on a site or increase leasable commercial or industrial floor area.
See Moreland Development Contribution Plan (DCP) for further details.
Commercial signage permits
Business identification signs
In most cases, you will need a planning permit to display a business identification sign.
A business identification sign displays the name of a business, a company logo or information about a business. Examples of business identification signs are a pole displaying the name of a petrol station, a painted business name on a building or a sign that is lit up at night.
For more information, see the:
You can also contact Council to speak to or arrange an appointment with a Council planning officer.
Real estate advertisement signs
A real estate sign with an advertisement area of 10 square metres or less that is advertising the sale or letting of the property on which it is displayed does not usually require a planning permit.
However, you will need a real estate signage permit to display a temporary real estate sign on the footpath.
Clause 52.05 of the Moreland Planning Scheme and Clause 22.07 of the Moreland Planning Scheme provide more information about the rules related to displaying advertising signs. You can also view the complete Moreland Planning Scheme online.