Can I operate a business from home?
Yes, in some circumstances you can run a small-scale business from home, however, it must comply with strict guidelines set out in the Development Regulations 2008. Running a business from home is known as a 'home activity'.
What is a home activity?
have more than one person, who doesn’t reside at the site, helping with the business
use more than 30 square metres of floor space, either temporarily or permanently
use more power, water, and other public utility services than would ordinarily be used by adjoining homes in the area
display goods in a window, around the home or its curtilage
use a vehicle weighing more than three tonne tare (3000 kg).
What types of activity may cause a problem?
create repeated, prolonged or loud noise (sometimes requiring intervention by the Environment Protection Authority);
interfere with television or radio reception;
produces smoke, smells, fumes, dust etc;
increase traffic in the street or congestion caused by vehicle or customer parking and general movement; or
- are carried out at times outside of normal working hours.
Food Activities that involve food (either manufacture, preparation, transportation or storage) are required to check with Councils Environmental Services department under the Food Act and associated regulations and standards for compliance.
What happens if the business doesn't comply?
If you do not comply with any of the criteria set out for the operation of a home business, you will need to make a development application to the Council to be assessed against the Development Plan. Council's approval is not assured and the application may be placed on public notification and/or referred to other relevant agencies.
For further information and to ensure that you comply before commencing your home activities business
- Home Activities and Home Based Business
- contact Development Services staff on (08) 88281 200 (option 3).