Home Based Business Approval - Northern Territory

Service summary

Some home-based businesses may require planning approval and all are required to comply with Planning Scheme requirements which vary according to zoning.

Home Based Businesses (HBB) include B&Bs, childcare, medical consulting rooms in the home and businesses run at home or from home.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

A home based business must comply with the requirements of the NT Planning Scheme, which are available from the web site (http://www.nt.gov.au/planning)


Unless otherwise specified, a permit continues indefinitely once the works are completed and still in use.




The paper form 'Application for Development Permit' is available from the agency.

Additional information

Development Applications can be lodged online at http://www.nt.gov.au/lands/planning

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Act(s) name

Planning Act 1999 (Northern Territory)

Contact details

Development Assessment Services

Operating address:
Darwin and Regional Offices






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