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Permits and signage

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Starting or growing a business often requires permits and registrations such as planning permits or food and health registration.

Use these resources as a guide to understand the requirements for your Mornington Peninsula business.

Planning permits relate to the use of land in accordance with the planning scheme. A planning permit allows land to be used for a particular purpose, such as the use and construction of a building, to operate a business or other commercial activity.

Each individual property has a set of planning controls which specify when a planning permit is needed. Before you proceed with any use or development, it is strongly recommended that you contact our Planning Services team on 5950 1010 to check the requirements for your specific address.

Do I need a planning permit?

Find out more about planning on the Mornington Peninsula

Building permits relate to structures and are required to ensure a construction complies with the Building Regulations 2006. A building permit may be required for a structure, fence or retaining wall. Building permits are issued by a private registered building surveyor.

When a planning permit is required, it will need to be approved prior to a building permit being issued. The subsequent building permit must be consistent with requirements of the planning permit.

Find out more about building on the Mornington Peninsula

Its important to clearly sign and number your business property so that customers can easily find you. There are several types of signage categories that you may need to consider including:

  • Advertising signs
  • Directional signs
  • Movable signs
  • Shopping precinct or arcade signs
  • Tourism signs

See the different types of signage and the requirements

Download the Shire Signage Policy

Footpath trading is covered by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Commercial Activities on Footpaths policy (CAOF). The policy outlines the requirements for the use of tables and chairs, display of goods, planter boxes, signage and more.

The primary goal of the Policy is to provide a practical balance between the competing needs and interests of pedestrians and businesses whilst ensuring that there is continuous, safe and dignified access for all.

To access a permit application form and the Commercial Activities on Footpath Policy please visit: Commercial Activities on Footpaths

Find comprehensive resources and information on food businesses on the Mornington Peninsula Shire website including:


Find comprehensive resources and information on health and accommodation business on the Mornington Peninsula Shire website.

If you comply with the Home based business requirements outlined in the Mornington Peninsula planning scheme, generally you will not require a permit from Council to conduct your business from home.

However you should contact our Planning Services team on 5950 1010 to check if there are any requirements for your specific address.

Home based business requirements – Mornington Peninsula 

The Mornington Peninsula Shire provides opportunities for mobile food vendors via the Food Truck Policy.

To view the Policy and permit requirements click here.

For further information please contact the Property Team at property@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

Domestic Animal Businesses must be registered annually and comply with the appropriate mandatory Code of Practice and ensure compliance under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Find out if you need to apply for a Domestic Animal Business Registration

New applications must apply online.


On 3 October 2023, Mornington Peninsula Shire adopted a Parklets Policy that will enable traders to create parklets for ongoing use.

Read the guidelines and apply online

If you are organising a public event on the Mornington Peninsula you will need Shire approval.

Find out more and apply for a permit

If you are planning on filming or photographing on Shire owned or managed land for commercial purposes, you will need to submit an application form for approval.

Enquiries and applications for permits

Content reviewed and updated: January 2024

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