Home Business Approval - Australian Capital Territory


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.

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.


You may be exempt from this approval if you meet the following criteria:

  • No more than two people work on the lease at any time
  • Anyone who works there genuinely lives there
  • All goods relating to the business must be kept in structures lawfully on the lease and in a way that they cannot be seen from outside
  • The area of the lease used for the business is not more than forty square metres
  • Any vehicles at the lease for the purposes of the business are parked on the lease in a driveway or similar screened from the road
  • The business conduct complies with the Environment Protection Act 1997
  • Averaged over 7 days, the business does not generate more than 5 vehicle arrivals each day at the lease
  • Any sign relating to the business is exempt from requiring development approval
  • The conduct of the home business complies with the general exemption criteria that are applicable to the development.

Eligibility requirements

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


Up to 5 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Use of land for a Home Business: $1063. Each additional year up to 4 years: $64.

Act(s) name

Planning and Development Act 2007 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Planning and Development Regulation 2008 Australian Capital Territory

Application process


Please make your application directly to the Agency.

Administering agency

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate


Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Licensing Unit


Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Operating address: Ground Floor South, Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Email: epdcustomerservices@act.gov.au