Home Business Approval - Australian Capital Territory


You may need 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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


Up to 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Application fee:

  • 1 year - $1145.10
  • per each additional year (up to 4 years) - $69.35.

Fees for 2022-23

Act(s) name

Planning and Development Act 2007 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Planning and Development Regulation 2008 Australian Capital Territory

Additional information

You may not need a development approval or building approval depending on the nature of your home business.

You will not need approval for your home business if:

  • no more than two people work on the premises at any time
  • anyone who works on the premises genuinely lives there
  • the area used for the business (including storage) is not more than 40m2
  • any vehicles parked at the premises for the purposes of the business are parked in a driveway, garage, carport or location screened from the road
  • averaged over a period of seven days, the conduct of the business does not generate more than five vehicle arrivals each day.

Administering agency

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate