Home based business/occupations (Sunshine Coast) - Queensland

Service summary

Requirements for this licence vary within the council areas.

Caloundra area:

Under councils Sunshine Coast planning scheme 2014 properties within the following precincts require a Material change of use code assessable application to establish a home based business:

  • low density residential
  • township residential
  • multi unit residential
  • mixed use residential
  • regional business centre (sub-precincts 1A, 1B, 2, 3B)
  • rural residential settlement precincts
  • emerging community (Pelican Waters) sub-precincts 1 and 3

(note: if the use is proposed to be a home office see Who does not need an approval from the councils website or contact council.

A home based business proposed in other precincts may require a Material change of use impact assessment.

Refer to Sunshine Coast planning scheme 2014 or contact council to determine the precinct of the specific property, any relevant city plan overlays and level of assessment required for the proposed home based business.

Certain home based businesses may be eligible for a risk smart assessment which enables the streamlining of the assessment process. Contact councils IDAS customer service officers to determine whether your proposed home based business is eligible.

Maroochy/Nambour area:

Approval for home based activities is required under the former Maroochy Shire Council planning scheme. Contact council for more information.

Service type


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


Contact council for more information on the current application process and relevant form.

Additional information

The level of impact of your home based activity (HBA) on the surrounding neighbourhood will determine how your home based activity is assessed. For further information contact council.

Administering agency

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Contact details

Nambour Office, Service centre and administration building
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
Cnr Currie and Bury Streets
Nambour Queensland 4560

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Mailing address:
Locked Mail Bag 72
Sunshine Coast MC
Queensland 4560


07 5475 7272


07 5475 7277

Maroochydore Office, Service centre only
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
10 First Avenue
Maroochydore, Queensland 4558

Caloundra office, Service centre and administration building
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
1 Omrah Avenue
Caloundra, Queensland 4551

Supporting information


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