Establishing a Business

Camden is a great place to establish a new business. Our area is growing, and with a growing population comes a whole new market for more goods and services.

While this page will help to guide your proposed business through the development process, Camden Council also recognises that in addition to planning and zoning, we can be a real strategist and leader within our growing economic development landscape. We actively promote, coordinate and market our local government area’s economic opportunities and we also play a role in collecting and distributing economic and business information, and facilitating access to business

As you embark on the establishment of your business, you might also wish to contact Council on (02) 4654 7777 or email for economic or business information.


Before you start

To have the best chance in gaining the necessary approvals for a new business, it is important to consider a number of issues.

Firstly, you should look to select an appropriate site. The key matters to consider are:

  • select a site where your proposed business is allowed/permissible
  • understand the site constraints and the relevant planning controls
  • understand access and fire safety requirements (this is particularly relevant if you are looking to establish your business in an existing building). Compliance may require costly upgrades.

By considering these matters upfront, you will be able to determine the best way to obtain approvals. Employing the services of a suitably qualified town planner may assist this process.

Our fact sheets on Selecting a Site and Planning Constraints will help.

You should also consider if there are any relevant policies or plans that are relevant to your business. Download the policies guide for more information.