Home based business/occupations (Sunshine Coast) - Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Queensland


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.

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.

Disqualified persons or entities

Businesses that do not qualify as home-based businesses include:

  • businesses that may disrupt your neighbours (as determined by your council)
  • mechanics
  • retail shops
  • transport depots
  • cafes
  • industrial businesses.

Administering agency

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address: 10 First Avenue
Maroochydore, Queensland 4558
Operating address: 1 Omrah Avenue
Caloundra, Queensland 4551
Operating address: Cnr Currie and Bury Streets
Nambour Queensland 4560
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 72
Sunshine Coast MC, Queensland 4560
Phone: 03 5475 7272
Phone: 1300 007 272
Fax: 07 5475 7277
Email: mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
Website: Sunshine Coast Regional Council (Opens in new window)