There are a number of guidelines in place to make sure home-based businesses don't have a negative impact on the surrounding neighbourhood. Some businesses will require a permit to operate in a residential area. Listed are some things to consider before starting your home-based business:
As a general rule, you can operate a home-based businesses without a Council planning permit, provided:
- The home is your main residence and you live at the property.
- Nothing is offered for sale, except for good made/repaired on site.
- There is no external display of goods for sale, service or repair.
- The are of the business occupies less than 50m2 or one-third of the dwelling, and the home is not a flat or unit.
- The business is not mechanical in nature.
- You employ no more than one person who does not live there.
- The business uses the same amount of electricity, gas or water as normal domestic use.
- It does not decrease the value of neighbouring properties.
It is possible to expand your home-based business beyond these requirements with a planning permit.
A building permit may be required if more than 10% of the floor area of the dwelling is used for the business. It is advisable to contact Council's Planning Department prior to establishing your business to ensure local zoning allows your business and that Council permits are not required.