Start your business

If you’re thinking about starting a business in the City of Swan, you've come to the right place.

We've sourced the most useful small business information, support services and resources available from local, state and federal government agencies and key government funded organisations, to help you to quickly and easily find the information you need.

Use the practical information, resources and checklists provided by the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), the Australian Government’s business.gov.au website and the ATO’s Small Business Assist  to help give your new business the best possible start.

Steps to starting a business

Step 1.Do your research 

Are you ready to start a business?

Pre-planning and a step-by-step approach will help you to confidently set up a new business. Find guidance on conducting market research and learn how to write business and marketing plans. 

Visit our 'Do your research' page

Step 2.Choose your business structure

When starting a business, you need to decide on the right structure to suit your business needs. The four most popular business structures are sole trader, partnership, company and trust. 

How do I choose the right business structure?

Step 3.Choose your business premises

When starting out, an essential element for business success is deciding on the type of premises and the right location to operate your business. While market research can help support you in making this decision, there are also planning laws and zoning restrictions which you will need to comply with.

How do I choose a suitable business premise?

Step 4.Apply for relevant licences, permits and approvals

Find licences, permits and approvals that you may need to start your business.

Visit our Licences, permits and approvals page.