Restaurant and Café

A Restaurant or Café is any business mainly used to prepare, sell and serve food and drinks for consumption on the premises by seated customers.

You don’t need planning approval for your Restaurant or Café if:

  1. It is located in a Local Centre, District Centre, Regional Centre or Commercial zone.

To check your properties zoning, open our Online Maps. Then search your property address at the bottom of the page and refer to the “LPS2 Zone” of your property at the top right of the page.

  1. It has a floor area no more than 300 square metres.

If your Restaurant or Café does not meet these conditions then it needs planning approval. To check what you need to do to get planning approval see here.

If your Restaurant or Café does meet these conditions then it doesn’t need planning approval. 

Whether you need planning approval or not, you may still need the following approvals:

Building Permit Approval

Building permits are generally required for all works involving alterations and additions to premises or food business fit outs, including installation of cool rooms and exhaust hoods. In most cases, proposed partitioning works for food business fit outs will affect the way the building complies with an applicable Building Standard and will require a building permit.

Building permits are not needed where a simple fit out is proposed, and only movable furniture is being replaced or painting and decorating is being carried out.

For information on the building permit process please visit the following webpages:

Building & Occupancy Permits for Commercial Fitouts

Building Services Information

Building Application Forms

Have any questions? Give our Building team a call on 9273 6000 between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday or email us at mail@vincent.wa.gov.au.

Health Approval

A restaurant or café is classed as a food business under the Food Act 2008 and must be registered with the City.

The Department of Local Government, Sporting & Cultural Industries (Liquor Licensing Directorate) is responsible for issuing liquor licences. They may ask the City if there are any objections to issuing a permit, or request a ‘section 39’ certificate to check Health and Building compliance. For more information visit their website here.

For more information on registering your restaurant or café, health approval requirements and to download an application form please click the following links:

Food Businesses

Liqour Applications (Section 39)

Any Restaurant or Café which requires health assessment or approval will require an Environmental Health Officer to come out to the property and complete a final inspection before your business can open. This will ensure the premises complies with the relevant health laws. If all requirements are met, then a certificate or letter will be issued.

Have any questions? Give our Health team a call on 9273 6000 between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday or email us at mail@vincent.wa.gov.au.

Occupancy Permit Approval

An occupancy permit must be obtained from the City before a commercial tenancy or building can be occupied. This is required to change the use or classification of a building.

An occupancy permit relates to the building, and not to the owner or occupier. This means that subsequent tenants may do renovation, fit out or minor works that do not involve a change of use or classification without needing to obtain a new occupancy permit.

A copy or details of the occupancy permit must be displayed at or near the principal entrance to the building so that it is clearly visible to occupiers and other people using the building.

For more information on occupancy permits please visit the following webpages:

Occupancy Permits

Building & Occupancy Permits for Commercial Fitouts

Have any questions? Give our Building team a call on 9273 6000 between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday or email us at mail@vincent.wa.gov.au.

Once you have got the required approvals then you can open your Restaurant or Café and start operating!

Some other information which may be useful is available here: