Business Licences, Permits and Approvals

When starting or expanding a business, there are business licences, approvals and permits you may require.

Business licences, permits and approvals provide protection to you, your business and employees; ensure your business activities are allowed under Australian law; and enable you to trade without risk of fines or penalties.

The City regulates the following:

Talk to us first

We understand that the topic of licences, permits and approvals can be daunting – especially if you are just starting out in your business venture or planning a significant expansion or change to your business.

To get you started on the right foot, we highly recommend giving us a call to discuss your business. 

Contact the Business Engagement Officer on 08 9411 3444 during business hours or email [email protected].

Home-based businesses

The City is currently working on creating dedicated pages outlining the approvals, licences and permits that may be required for particular home-based businesses.  Further businesses will be added over the coming months.

Useful tools

There are two online search tools you can use to find out about other licences that may apply to your business:

Related Pages



Whadjuk Boodja
9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Language Support

Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.