Steps to Starting Your Business

If you are at the beginning of preparing your business plan, start at step one.

If you already know how you are going to run your business and all that comes with it, start at step two. 

Research and plan your business

Conduct research and create a business plan. This involves identifying your target market, analysing your competition and developing a market strategy.  

The Small Business Development Corporation can give you free practical advice for the preparation needed before starting your business. They can help assess your business idea, build a business plan, choose a business structure and figure out finances. 

Small Business WA - tools and templates 

Address: Level 2, 140 William St, Perth 
Phone: 133 140  

Find a location that suits your business 

Once you have your business plan ready, the next step is to find a location that suits your business. For available locations or co-working spaces visit:

Commercial Real Estate 


To ensure that your business will be operating in compliance with relevant planning, building and health legislation follow the steps below. Additionally, you can access the Small Business Development Corporation blog in the following link for helpful information on setting up a new business in new a premises. 

SBDC Blog - Locating your new premises 

Determine current land use

For the type of business you want to operate whether it's retail, food, production etc, you will need to check the land use on the premises to see that it complies. You may require a change of use if you are changing the type of business that is on a specific site (eg. from café to hair salon). For this, you should talk to a town planner to determine the land use.

Town planners can be reached on 9311 8111 or email

Determine building compliance

If you are changing the layout or undertaking renovations for your business, some premises will need building compliance to make sure it complies with standards for safety. For this a town planner will advise if you need to speak with a building surveyor. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Building Services team on 9311 8111 or email 

Determine health compliance

Many premises will also require health compliance, especially restaurants, bars and cafes. For this, you will need to speak with a health officer at the Town which will help you determine the type of health compliance you need. 

If you have any questions please speak to an Environmental Health Officer on 9311 8111 or email 

Access ongoing support and resources

After setting up your business, continue to access support to ensure your business continues to grow.  

If you have a new idea for a business or want to find out more about the economy of the Town of Victoria Park call 9311 8111 or email 


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