Licensing, approvals, safety and regulation. There is much more to opening and running a business.
We hope this information assists you to navigate some of the planning, development, regulation and compliance issues you may encounter.
Cessnock City Council provides professional Building Certification services and aims to provide efficient and cost effective building approvals, building certification and building inspection services.
All retail food businesses operating within the Cessnock LGA must register their details with Council. This includes businesses operating at temporary events, mobile food vendors, child care centres, school canteens, cafes, restaurants, takeaways, hotels and home food retail businesses.
Changing the use of a building may not need planning permission if the proposed change meets the requirements set out in the SEPP. Moving into a new commercial space and not sure of your obligations, use this link.
Before formally submitting a Development Application it is recommended that you visit Council’s Customer Service Centre at Council to discuss your proposal with the relevant Duty Officer. Duty planners, duty building surveyors and general advice can be provided.
Cessnock City Council is committed to providing residents and visitors with more accessible and convenient ways to conduct business. The e-Services portal allows customers to connect with Council and make requests online.
Council’s Environmental Health Officers undertake approximately inspections each year of businesses such as beauticians, food businesses, cooling towers and tattoo parlors. These inspections provide advice, educational material and information on best practice techniques to prevent the spread of diseases.