Doing Business in Brisbane

Sandgate businesses collaborated with Council to create the Sandgate Local Business and Destination Action Plan.


Starting a new business? Find out about licencing and permits, government funding opportunities and more.


Starting a new food business or taking over an existing food business? You may need a food business licence. 


Many commercial activities in Brisbane require permits including food businesses and advertising signs.


Do you run a social enterprise in Brisbane? Apply before 24 January to participate in the free Elevate+ social enterprise accelerator program.

Did you know you can tender for contracts to provide services for Council through our Online Supplier Portal?


Discover websites, initiatives and other online resources that provide useful information for business and industry.


Subscribe to receive Council's Business in Brisbane newsletters to find out about current events, workshops, success stories and more. 

Find what you need

Current tenders

Find all current publicly listed tenders advertised by Council. Log in to the online portal for more information and to apply.

Food business licences

If you are starting a new food business or taking over an existing food business you may need a food business licence.

Advertising signs

You may need Council approval to display advertising signs for your business, home business, club, charity or garage sale.

Project approvals

Business projects can range from setting up a home-based business through to building a multi-storey office block. Find out if your business needs approval.

Planning and development online

Council provides property development, mapping and virtual tools to help with your planning or building project.

Events and awards

Find Council-run workshops and forums for businesses, links to Digital Brisbane events and how you can promote your business event on Facebook.

Brisbane's economy

Find key economic facts, Council’s plan for our future, investment opportunities and support for multicultural and international businesses.

International relations

Council's International Relations program works to enhance and improve international business relations, particularly with our nine sister cities.

Business in Brisbane newsletter

Council's Business in Brisbane newsletters  gives small businesses and entrepreneurs practical tips to help grow, strengthen or develop their business.

Multicultural business

The Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table provides business scholarships to help entrepreneurs from migrant and refugee backgrounds.


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Do you have a business question? Council has a dedicated 24 hour a day, seven day a week hotline to support business in Brisbane. Businesses can access information on a range of Council topics including licencing, development applications, business opportunities and procurement.

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