We recognise the growing demand for the operation of small businesses from residential properties and the importance of such small businesses to the local and state economy. Such businesses are referred to as home occupations, home businesses and home offices.
We will continue to support home businesses, provided the amenity of both neighbours and the immediate locality is suitably protected.
In this regard, a home occupation or home business that involves the retail sale, display or hire of goods of any nature will not be permitted. Furthermore, a home occupation that includes provision for the fuelling, repair or maintenance of motor vehicles will not be permitted.
A proposed business operation that involves the use of the dwelling solely for administration purposes (i.e. bookwork, telephone etc.) would be deemed a home office that does not require our development approval.
Applications for home businesses are to be made to our Planning Services.
Some types of home businesses have additional health requirements, and are also assessed by our Health Services. These include hairdressing, beauty therapy and preparing commercial food.