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What this guide offers
The guide will help you with Council approval for:
  • Small Business
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Small Business DA Guide


Welcome to Lane Cove Council's Small Business Development Application Guide, a DA guide to a starting or continuing small business. This guide includes information on:

  • NSW Easy to Do Business Service
  • Changing the use of a shop/office
  • Fitting out a shop or an office
  • Home Businesses

NSW Easy to Do Business

Council is signed up to the NSW Government's 'Easy to Do Business' Program which provides free personalised business support to make it faster for people to establish and grow their small business. The service is available to the following small business types:

  • Cafes and Restaurants
  • Small Bars
  • Clothing Retail Businesses

The service provides you with a Business Concierge who will guide you not only through the planning approval process but assist with other requirements such as business registration. More information is available from the Service NSW website.

Council Approval Guide

Council approval may be a necessary step in the process of establishing a small business, depending on the location and nature of the proposed works and/or use. To make this process as easy as possible Council has developed five easy steps to guide you. Should you require further assistance, please call Council on 9911 3555 or email to speak to a Town Planner.

The Five Steps for a Development Application