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Running a business from home

There are a number of requirements that need to be met before you can run your business from a residence in Maroondah. There are also a number of exceptions to these requirements.

Under the Planning Scheme, this is called a Home Occupation. This information is a summary of Clause 52.11 of the Maroondah Planning Scheme.

Do I need a planning permit for my home business?

You do not need a planning permit if you are working from home and your occupation meets the following requirements:

  • The person conducting the work also uses the property as their principal place of residence.
  • Only one person who does not live at the property works at the property (*see exceptions).
  • The gross floor area used (including storage areas) is:
    • not greater than 50m2, or
    • one-third of the gross floor area of the dwelling.

      (* see exceptions)

  • The work undertaken does not impact water, gas or electricity greater than normally required for domestic use.
  • The work undertaken does not adversely affect the amenity of the neighbourhood in any way, including:
    • the appearance of any building, works or materials used
    • the parking of motor vehicles
    • the transporting of materials or goods to, or from the dwelling
    • the hours of operation
    • electrical interference
    • the storage of chemicals, gasses or other hazardous materials
    • emissions from the site.
  • Motor vehicles are not serviced or repaired at the property.
  • Only one commercial vehicle is present at anytime. The vehicle must:
    • not exceed 2 tonnes capacity, with or without a trailer
    • be registered to a resident of the property
    • not be repaired or fuelled on the site.
  • No goods other than goods manufactured or serviced as part of the work taking place at the property may be offered for sale.
  • Materials used or goods manufactured, serviced or repaired at the property must be stored in the building.
  • Goods manufactured, serviced or repaired at the property cannot be displayed so that they are visible from outside the site.

Exceptions

There are circumstances when a planning permit may be issued if you are working from home.  You may be granted a planning permit which allows:

  • ·no more than 2 people who do not live at the property to work in the business
  • a business to be operated from a dwelling that has a floor area no greater than 100m2, or one-third of the gross floor area of the property, whichever is less
  • ·one additional commercial vehicle, not exceeding 2 tonnes capacity with or without a trailer, and is registered to a resident of the property, to be present at any time.

Other considerations

Other factors we consider before granting a permit:

  • Whether there is a need for additional parking or loading facilities.
  • The effect of any vehicle parking, storage or washing facilities on the amenity and character of the street.
  • Whether the site is suitable for the particular occupation and is compatible with the surrounding use and development.
  • Whether there is a need for landscaping to screen any outbuildings or parking/loading areas, or any other area relating the work. 

Further information

Contact Statutory Planning on 9298 4287 or visit our offices in Braeside Avenue, Ringwood.

02/06/2017
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