Home Occupation Approval - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to conduct a business from home. Home occupation approvals exist to allow certain small volume trades or occupations to be practised in a residential environment while enabling the local council to maintain sufficient controls to ensure that minimal disturbance and nuisance are created.

Home occupation must take place on land or in a dwelling that you own. You must also:

  • Not employ a person who is not a family member or occupier of that land or dwelling;
  • Not occupy more than 20 square metres;
  • Not have a sign greater than 0.2 square metres;
  • Not involve retail sale, display or hire goods; and
  • Not use essential services, such as water or power, to an extent greater than normal.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The restrictions and eligibility to operate a home-based business may vary considerably. Examples of common restrictions enforced by the council include, but are not limited to:

  • Car parking;
  • Storage of goods;
  • Number of employees and the relationships between employees;
  • Neighbourhood amenity; and
  • Workspace floor area.

These requirements will vary depending on the type of home occupation is sought.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As indicated on the approval.





Application for Home Occupation Approval - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Shire of Sandstone

Act(s) name

Planning and Development Act 2005 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Town Planning Regulations 1967 (Western Australia)

Local law(s) name

Local Planning Scheme 2

Contact details

Enquiries Officer
Shire of Sandstone

Operating address:
Hack Street
WA 6639


08 99635802


08 99635852


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