Start and grow your business

The City of Charles Sturt is a great place to start your business. Our team is here to help make your journey as easy as possible, with a range of support services and networking events.

We have grant and funding opportunities to support emerging and established businesses. Check out our business grants and funding to give your business ideas a boost.

The Consumer and Business Services offer business planning tools and information for starting a business.

Australian Business License and Information Service (ABLIS) is an easy licensing guide for all business types.

You will also need to:

You may also be able to apply for funding help through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).

Your business may require a permit or licence before you can begin. Search our forms and permits or contact us on 8408 1111 if you need help.

You may like to browse our local policies for further information about conducting business  in the City of Charles Sturt.

Your business may require Development Approval before you can begin. Learn more about development and planning and building in the City of Charles Sturt.

Your business may require specific approvals/registration. Learn more about Food BusinessesBeauty, Hair and tattooSwimming Pool and high risk manufactured water system approvals/registration.

Find a space to develop, buy or lease

The South Australian Investment Atlas has all the key information you need on:

  • land management and availability
  • infrastructure, utilities and facilities like water, electricity, gas, network connections, heavy truck routes and waste disposal sites
  • local products and services suppliers
  • economic insights like population growth, employment rates, household income, house sales prices

A co-working space is a smart, low-cost option for building your business idea while working alongside like-minded people.

If you are looking for support please get in touch with us and we can point you in the right direction.

Selma Barlow
Business Engagement Advisor
Urban Projects
0404 409 585

Western Business leaders can connect you to business advice, support and mentoring.

We have also partnered with Adelaide Business Hub who can provide you with subsidised One on One Business Advice.

Our Western Business Leaders group (WBL) is open to all businesses in the Western Adelaide region. WBL membership can connect you to business advice, support and mentoring

You can learn more about WBL and apply for Western Business Leaders membership.

Home-based businesses are a big part of our community.

Depending on your type of business, you may need special permits relating to zoning, signage, noise levels or health issues.

Let us know if you are thinking of opening one and we can help you.

More information

Working from home

Beauty, hair and tattoo business

Food business

The Entrepreneurs Program is a new approach to the way government provides services to business. Subject to eligibility criteria, you can book a Business Evaluation by an independent business advisor. An assessment is conducted at your business’ premises, resulting in a report and recommendations for the business to make improvements. Your business assessor will coach and mentor you to implement the recommendations for up to 12 months.

You can learn more about The Entrepreneurs Program and book a Business Evaluation.

Need help? 

Selma Barlow
Business Engagement Advisor
0404 409 585