Starting a business

To support our local industry and help grow our region's economy, we offer a range of services, innovative programs and opportunities to help make your business journey as simple as possible.

Whether you need to lodge a development application, tender, or want to know more about business rates, we are committed to providing the business community with the support and guidance you need.

Do I need council approval?

When starting a new business, you should check whether you need any planning approval from Council.

Changing the use of a building may not need planning permission if the proposed change meets the requirements set out in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 (the State Policy). This is known as exempt development.

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Development Applications

Development Application (DA) information is available to assist both existing and new businesses and investors with lodging a DA.

Council also offers a pre-lodgement service to all DA applicants seeking preliminary feedback on their proposal.

Pre-lodgement meetings are an opportunity to present concepts, identify issues and seek planning and engineering advice before the lodgement of your development application.

If you wish to book a pre-lodgement meeting, please refer to our Pre-DA Lodgement Meeting page 



We often call for tenders to carry out works or supply goods and services. Add this page to your favourites so you can always get the latest information on advertised tenders.

Business rates

Rates are levied to provide the community with a diverse range of services, facilities, programs and events. Businesses also benefit directly as we use these funds to manage and maintain enabling infrastructures.

To find out more about business rates, email our rates team at


Support for getting started and staying in business

Providing support for local business and industry is one of the Clarence Valley's many strengths. There are a range of agencies and organisations available to help with advice, information and access to business development programs.

Find our business support agencies 

For more information, please email our Industry Engagement team at

We'll respond within 24 hours and follow up with any additional information you need within 5 working days.