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Opening a Business in Cumberland

Information and advice on opening your Business in the Cumberland area.

Opening a food business in Cumberland

  • If you are taking over an existing food business, e.g. a restaurant, café or takeaway, and do not plan to alter the existing fittings, you may not need to go through a development application (DA) process. 
  • If you are establishing a brand new business, changing opening time/business signage, or renovating the business, then you will need approval from Cumberland Council. Furthermore, you may need further approvals from the NSW government e.g. NSW Food Authority, Gaming & Liquor NSW and Sydney Water, etc.

Before you sign a lease or a business agreement, please contact Council’s Duty Planner on 8757 9000 to discuss any approvals you may need. Council also partners with Service NSW to implement Easy to do Business program, helping locals to set up a café, small bar or restaurant simpler and easier.

Please note, this general advice may not apply to your situation or provide any legal and business advice. For informed decision making, please seek professional advice from legal experts and accountants.

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  • Do your research.
  • Have your business plan ready.
  • Find suitable premises and check the building codes/standards and relevant facilities, making sure both your business and the premises fit within the planning guidelines.
  • Talk to Council’s duty planner to find out what you need for operating a business in Cumberland.
  • Lodge your Development Application, food registration form and other required application with Cumberland Council.
  • Lodge your Construction Certificate with Cumberland Council or a Private Certifier if a condition of consent requires submission of a construction certificate. For example, fit out works will require a Construction Certificate.
  • Apply for other permits with NSW Government e.g. Liquor License through Easy to do Business program
  • All appropriate approvals issued.
  • Start trading.

Opening a home-based business

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  • Do your research.
  • Have you business plan ready - Book for a one-on-one Business advisory session.
  • Talk to Council’s duty planner to find out if you are allowed to operate this type of business under local regulation.

Opening a retail / commercial / industrial business

  • If you are taking over an existing business, e.g. a clothing shop, and do not plan to alter the existing fittings, you may not need to go through a development application (DA) process.
  • If you are establishing a brand new business, changing opening time/business signage, or renovating the business, then you may need approval from Cumberland Council. Certain types of change of use of premises may be exempt from the requirement for Council approval or may require an application for a Complying Development Certificate. More information can be found under Exempt and Complying Development.

Before you sign a lease or a business agreement, please contact Council’s Duty Planner on 8757 9491 to discuss any approvals you may need. Council also partners with Service NSW to implement Easy to do Business program, helping locals to set up a café, small bar or restaurant simpler and easier.

Please note, this general advice may not apply to your situation or provide any legal and business advice. For informed decision making, please seek professional advice from legal experts and accountants.

Flow chart

  • Do your research.
  • Have your business plan ready.
  • Find a suitable premise and check the building codes/standards and relevant facilities, making sure both your business and the premises fit within the planning guidelines.
  • Talk to Council’s duty planner to find out what you need for operating the business in Cumberland.
  • Lodge your Development Application (if required) with Cumberland Council. An application for Complying Development Certificate can be lodged with Cumberland Council or a Private Certifier.
  • Lodge your Construction Certificate with Cumberland Council or a Private Certifier if a condition of consent requires submission of a construction certificate. For example, fitout works will require a Construction Certificate.
  • All appropriate approvals issued.
  • Start trading.

Starting a construction business

Council has partnered with Service NSW to implement Easy to do Business program. You can get a free and dedicated business concierge to help you open and grow your housing construction business in Cumberland. The business concierge team will provide step-by-step guidance over the phone to help you with guidance on government regulations for your business and sense checking your licence applications.

To get the support visit Easy to do Business NSW

Further information

If you are planning on opening other types of business in Cumberland, Council is here to support you. For assistance and support contact Natalie Yu by email: natalie.yu@cumberland.nsw.gov.au or phone on (02) 8757 9491.