Home Business Approval - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You may require this approval if you intend to operate your business from a home that is subject to a residential lease agreement. The purpose of this approval is to ensure that the primary use of the premises is as a home, and the business remains a secondary purpose.

Your home business may be exempt from this approval if:

  • At least one worker genuinely lives on the lease;
  • The business has no more than three employees;
  • The area of the lease used for the business, including storage, does not exceed 40 square meters;
  • All buildings on the site used for business purposes meet all relevant development and building requirements; and
  • Goods and materials of the business cannot be seen from outside the lease.

Please see the attached document for further details regarding exemption criteria.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Up to 5 years.



Use of land for a Home Business: $1017. Each additional year up to 4 years: $61

Other resources



Please make your application directly to the Agency.

Administering agency

Planning and Land Authority

Act(s) name

Planning and Development Act 2007 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Planning and Development Regulation 2008 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries, Licensing Unit
Planning and Land Authority

Operating address:
Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address:
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 62071923


02 62071925

Supporting information


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