Support for Local Business

Planning and Building Approvals for Business

Your business may need to have planning approvals in the form of development consent or building approvals. Council will determine whether you need to make any applications for approval, or to obtain special licences for such things as pollution, hazardous materials storage or waste disposal. If you are setting up a business in the Liverpool local government area, visit the page on Liverpool's Planning Controls to see if any of these applications are applicable to you.

For more information contact Chris Guthrie, City Economy on 02 8711 7603 or email

Welcome to Liverpool is an opportunity for Liverpool City Council to celebrate businesses new to the area within the previous 12 months.

The focus of the event is to:

  • celebrate new ventures;
  • facilitate collaboration and networks between new and existing businesses; and
  • introduce key stakeholders in the Liverpool area and their services.

Local stakeholders in attendance include:

To register for these events send an email to

Liverpool City Council recognises the importance of generating investment and employment growth for Liverpool. We also want to connect you to other businesses, so that the city grows and prospers as a whole. This directory provides information about some of the networks you can join to help grow your business.

Service NSW offers a free business concierge service to help you navigate through all of the government licences and permits required to open your business.

The Western Sydney Business Centre provides a business advisory service for new and existing businesses across the Western Sydney Region under the NSW Government’s Business Connect Program.

The Community Migrant Resource Centre delivers the in-language (Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese) multicultural advisory services as part of the NSW Business Multicultural Program.

Typically an advisory session is dictated by the client's current challenges in their business and the local advisors.

Information for Stallholders can be found on the Expression of Interest page.

Council supports owners and tenants of shops and commercial premises in selected streets with grants of up to $16,00 to upgrade their façade.

The aim of the program is to develop a partnership with city centre businesses to make the city more attractive for visitors and customers.

For more information download the Shopfront Facade Upgrade Program Guidelines and Process and the Shopfront Upgrade Program Application Form

The Design for Dignity guide is to provide retail business owners, service providers, shopping centre owners and managers, designers, builders and certifiers with an understanding of how to make the shopping experience for people with disability more independent, pleasurable and dignified.

Liverpool Pop Up Project (6 Month Occupancy)

Council’s Pop Up Project is for start-ups, social enterprises, community groups or artists that are looking to set up a temporary retail shop in the Liverpool CBD.<

The aim of this project is to develop vibrant and interesting destinations that attract visitors to the area and encourage greater activation of the CBD.   The shopfront should provide visitors with a memorable retail experience both in terms of the unique products/services on offer and how customers are engaged.

Potential Pop Up concepts could include:

  • Studio or gallery which has artworks for purchase;
  • Hybrid businesses that combine two or more products/services, for example: a book exchange and hand-made artisan products or a tea shop (packaged) and florist;
  • Artist co-op selling a range of products from local artists and engaging customers through sharing the stories of the makers;
  • Made to fit upcycled clothing store.

If you would like to express interest in participating in the Pop Up Project contact Council’s Small Business Officer at

Download the EOI Liverpool Pop Up - Northumberland Street Arcade -  Shop 8 &11 (6 month occupancy) and the Business Plan Template.

  • Student Discounts
  • Partner/Sponsor Events

NSW Government

Jobs for NSW

Jobs for NSW provides financial support to startups and emerging and fast-growth small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to scale and grow new jobs in NSW.

Bin Trim Rebates – NSW Environment Protection Authority

To increase workplace recycling, rebates are offered to small and medium-sized businesses to cover the costs of small-scale on-site recycling equipment.

Small Business Grant – NSW Government – Revenue

The Small Business Grant is designed to encourage small businesses that do not pay payroll tax to hire new employees and expand their business.

Australian Government

Innovation Connections – Australian Government - Business

AusIndustry now provides expert Innovation Facilitators to work with businesses free of charge that can identify knowledge gaps that prevent business growth. The outcome is a report that identifies growth opportunities and connects businesses to the expertise needed.

Entrepreneurs’ Programme

Mentor Program NSW

Accelerating Commercialisation

Western Sydney University

Launch Pad – Technology Business Incubator

Settlement Services International

Ignite Small Business Start-ups