The small business specialists
Phone: 13 12 49
If you are considering operating a business at home you will need permission from your local council. In most cases you will need to register or obtain planning approval, depending on the nature of the business.
TIP: Regulations and approval processes may vary between councils so it is important to do your research before starting your business. Failure to comply with local council requirements could result in an infringement or business closure.
Home-based businesses are usually categorised as a:
The definition of each category will be in your local council town planning scheme.
Contact a planning officer at your local council for more information about permits and approvals.
Many food businesses operate from residential premises, including:
People that prepare food on residential premises that is intended for sale are considered food businesses and must comply with the Food Act 2008.
See the Department of Health’s fact sheet on food preparation in residential premises.
If you operate a home-based business, you may be able to claim tax deductions against some of the costs if you:
You may be able to claim for:
To find out about eligibility and what you can claim visit the Australian Tax Office website.
► Search our business licence finder to identify requirements for a home-based business.
► Determine whether you are eligible for tax deductions and concessions.
► Contact the planning division of your local council.