Licences, permits and approvals

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Find specific information about licences, permits and approvals you need to operate your business in Swan.

Approvals are required from the City's Health Services, and/or Planning and Building Services for a wide range of business activities in Swan.

There are three types of home-based business categories:

  • Home business - usually where an occupier conducts a business that employs a maximum of two people who do not reside in the house, and is in an area of the home that is 50m2 of less.
  • Home office - usually where an occupier of the home undertakes administrative work with no customers attending the house.
  • Home occupation - usually where an occupier conducts a business in an area of the home that is 20m2 or less, and doesn't have customers arriving to the site.

Planning approval is required to operate a Home business under the City's current Local Planning Scheme No.17. Planning approval is generally not required to operate a home office or home occupation, depending on your zone.

For more information about Home Business planning approval, download Home Business Fast Track Customer Checklist Questionnaire(PDF, 132KB)visit our Fast Track Applications page or contact our Statutory Planning team on 9267 9267.

Food businesses are no longer required to submit an application for approval to the City's Health Services.

It is however their responsibility to ensure they comply with the Food Act 2018 requirements and to submit either a New Food Business Registration Form or a Notification for an Exempt Food Business Form prior to operating.

Application forms

Visit our Information for Food Businesses page for guidelines for food proprietors, or contact our Health Services team on 9267 9267.

I'm Alert Food Safety Training

The City of Swan provides I'm Alert, a free online food safety training program for food handlers. 

I'm Alert is an interactive food safety training tool which conforms with Western Australian Food Act (2008) and the Australian Food Safety Standards.

Visit https://www.imalert.com.au to access the training portal. For more information visit our Food Safety page or contact our Health Services team on 9267 9267.

Street trading, alfresco dining and street entertainment licenses can only be issued on City owned or controlled land. 

For trading on private property, please contact the City's Statutory Planning team on 9267 9267.

Application forms

Fact Sheets

For more information visit our Temporary trading on City land page or contact our Health Services team on 9267 9267.

Liquor licence

When seeking planning approval for a liquor licence from the City's Statutory Planning team, submission of a Section 39 Certificate of Local Government application, and a Section 40 Certificate of Local Planning Authority application is required. 

Gaming licence

Submission of a Section 55 Certificate application is required when seeking approval for a gaming licence from the City's Health Services team. 

 Application forms

For further details visit our Application Forms & Fees page, or contact the City of Swan on 9267 9267.

Visit the Department of Racing, Gaming & Liquor website for more information.

Approvals are required from the City of Swan for a wide range of activities related to the community's health and safety.

To obtain approval you'll need to submit the relevant application form to the City's Health Services team.

For more information visit our Health Services Forms and Guidelines page or contact the City of Swan Health Services team on 9267 9267.

The City has compiled a list of standard application checklists for you to use, when seeking development approval for accommodation, alfresco dining, animal breeding, child care facility, industrial development, restaurant & cafe, warehouse & storage activities and more.

Visit the City's Standard Development Application Checklists & Questionnaires page for more information or contact our Statutory Planning team on 9267 9267.

Public buildings and events

 Industrial premises

Noise

Buildings & structures

Visit our Property & Land page to find all the planning, building and engineering information you need about approvals for commercial buildings, industrial buildings, signage, change of land use, shipping containers, transportable buildings and more.

For more information contact the City of Swan on 9267 9267.