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.

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.

Eligibility requirements

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


Up to five years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Use of land for a Home Business: $1090. Each additional year up to 4 years: $66.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Building Approval (Opens in new window)

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.

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


Contact details

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