Starting your business
Your business could start with an idea to provide other people or businesses with products or services you are passionate about. From that starting point, you need to consider a range of basic questions including:
- What kind of business do you want to set up – and what will you name it?
- Who are your customers and how they will find your business?
- What kind of products and services do they need?
- How will you provide your products and services – and what processes, materials and equipment will be involved?
- Where will your business operate from?
- Is your business is likely to be viable once you consider the costs of setting up your business, paying bills and running your business?
The Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) offers step-by-step guides, checklists, tools and other resources you need to start a small business.
Once you have navigated the basics and decided to take the next step, these tips could help you to learn more about starting or buying a business in the City of Belmont.
Consider the space you need
Different types of business need different spaces. Consider whether you need a salon or shopfront, an office, warehouse or storage facilities, space for large industrial equipment, or other types of space to run your business. The type of space you need will help you work out where in the City your business could be set up.
Find the right location
Use the City’s Intramaps to explore an interactive map of each parcel of land in the City of Belmont. You can use these maps to help you identify zoning, find easements or other drainage infrastructure, and find property sizes and lot numbers for every property in Belmont.
Explore the City with Intramaps
Check the land use
The City’s Local Planning Scheme No. 15 (LPS15)
guides the development of land within the City, including how land can be used for housing, business uses and other uses.
Within the Scheme, you can look at the Zoning Table to find the permitted land use for all properties in the City. This will help you work out the best area for your business to operate.
Learn more about the Local Planning Scheme No. 15
Check on licences and permits
Depending on what kind of business you plan to start, you may need to meet a range of City of Belmont requirements. For example, you will need to apply for redevelopment approval to change the use of a building from a shop to an office, or you will need to apply for certain health permits and licences to run a food-based business.
Find out if you need development approval
Find out about business approvals and licences
Use data and statistics to learn more
The more you can learn about the City of Belmont, the more you can plan for the best products, services and strategies to reach your customers.
The City offers a range of tools and services to help you with business research so you can make the right decisions for your business. Get a snapshot of the City’s overall economic profile and statistical information through the economic profiling tool REMPLAN.
Take a flexible approach
When you are starting a business, conditions can change and things can take longer to set up than you might have thought. By taking a flexible approach from the beginning, you will be ready to adapt and change your approach as your business grows and your business environment changes.
Commit to learning more about being in business by reading books, blogs and articles, listening to podcasts or attending workshops, seminars and events.
Learn more about City of Belmont events for business
Get personalised support
There are many reasons the City of Belmont is an excellent place to be in business. Along with offering an excellent location with world-class infrastructure and facilities, the City can provide you with the information you need to help set up your business for success.
To learn more about options for your business, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone the Economic Development team on 9477 7132.