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					Running a Business From Home                                                                                                              Fact Sheet 12
Generally, only residential development is                                                            What sort of activity can cause a problem?
appropriate within the Residential Zone. Non-
                                                                                                      Some types of Home Activities can cause a
residential development other than those
                                                                                                      problem for neighbours in the immediate area
previously existing is not permitted and should be
                                                                                                      such as
located within other zones suited to the purpose.
                                                                                                      •   an increase in traffic to or from the property,
It is however possible to run a business from home,                                                       and parking problems within the street;
as long as it does not disturb or detract from the
                                                                                                      •   an increase in the amount of noise coming
enjoyment of the area for your neighbours, and
                                                                                                          from the property, which is over and above
complies with the definition below.
                                                                                                          levels normally expected from a house;
Guidelines for a home activity
                                                                                                      •   an increase in smoke, noise, dust, fumes and
The guidelines for a ‘Home Activity’ are set out                                                          other emissions; and
under Schedule 1 of the Regulations under the                                                         •   operating outside of normal business hours.
Development Act 1993.
                                                                                                      Businesses that involve undertaking mechanical
“Home Activity” means a use of a site by a person                                                     repairs, spray painting, panel beating, and noisy
resident on the site that: -                                                                          machinery do not meet the guidelines for a Home
a) Does not detrimentally affect the amenity of                                                       Activity. These types of activities should be located
   the locality or any part of the locality, and                                                      within an industrial or commercial zone or other
                                                                                                      zone as appropriate.
b) It does not require or involve any of the
   following:                                                                                         Please remember that any type of activity that
                                                                                                      does not meet the guidelines requires
      •      Assistance by more than one person who is
                                                                                                      development approval. This also applies in a case
             not a resident in the dwelling;
                                                                                                      where, the nature or intensity of a pre existing
      •      Use (whether temporarily or permanently)                                                 home activity increases, to a point beyond the
             of a floor area exceeding 30 square metres;                                              guidelines.
      •      The imposition on the services provided by                                               Can I have any signage?
             any public utility organisation of any
                                                                                                      To meet guidelines of Home Activity, only one sign
             demand or load greater than which is
                                                                                                      is permitted and can be up to 0.2 square metres in
             ordinarily imposed by other users of the
                                                                                                      area, such as a professional name plate.
             services in the locality;
      •      The display of goods in a window or about                                                Approval from Council’s Environmental
             the dwelling or its curtilage;                                                           Health Unit
      •      The use of a vehicle exceeding 3 tonnes                                                  Some types of businesses need approval from
             tare in weight.                                                                          Eastern Health Authority. These include any
                                                                                                      businesses involving the storage, preparation or
Do I need Council approval?
                                                                                                      sale of food, and any activity involving beauty
You do not need to seek Council’s approval as long                                                    therapy, hairdressing or acupuncture. For
as you comply with all of the guidelines. It is a                                                     information, contact the EHA on 8132 3600.
good idea to discuss your proposal with Council, to
make sure you meet the guidelines. This is best
achieved by writing to Council.



Building & Planning                                                              Last Updated: 30/05/2008
128 Prospect Road, Prospect SA 5082                                              Website: www.prospect.sa.gov.au
Telephone: 8342 8085 Facsimile: 8269 5834                                        Email: admin@prospect.sa.gov.au
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