If you are looking to run your business from home, you will need to determine whether you need approval to do so.
Examples of a home-based business include a:
- home office
- bed and breakfast
- home-based childcare
You need to consider how your business will impact your building and the surrounding area. Things to consider include, but are not limited to:
- the floor area used for the activity
- the number of employees
- visitor / client appointments
- operating hours
- visible goods
- car parking facilities.
It is possible that you will not require approval from your council or local authority to operate your home business. However, if the operation of your home business makes a material change to the use of your premises, you may be required to apply for development approval. This can include constructing new buildings, changing how buildings or land is used, or exceeding the allowed use of existing buildings or land.
Please note that you also need to meet all other licensing requirements relevant to your business activity (e.g. a food business licence, higher risk personal appearance service licence or advertisement approval).
It is advised that you contact your council or local authority to determine your requirements.