Home based business (home occupation)

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Operating a business from home (home occupation) can be flexible, convenient and can save you money.

Understanding how to comply with regulation in Section 52.11 of the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme (Home Occupation) can be difficult, so we have included information below to assist you in understanding the basics.

We encourage you to contact Town Planning staff if you have any other questions.

You may not need to apply for a planning permit, provided you meet these requirements

  • You must live in the dwelling.
  • You can only employ one staff member who doesn’t live in the dwelling.
  • The gross floor area (including storage area) cannot be more than 50 square metres, or more than one-third of the gross floor area of the dwelling, whichever is less.
  • You can’t impose a utility load greater than a normal domestic use. I.e. power or water.
  • The business must not affect the amenity of the neighbourhood with regard to the appearance of the building or materials used, car parking, transporting of goods, hours of operation, electrical interference, storing chemicals or other hazardous materials, noise, smells and dust.
  • Cars cannot be serviced or repaired for profit
  • Only one commercial vehicle under 2 tonnes can be present at any time.
  • Only goods manufactured or serviced on the premises can be sold or stored.
  • No goods manufactured or serviced on the premises can be visible from outside the site.

If your business does not meet the above requirements you may still apply for a planning permit for home occupation where:

  • Up to 2 people are employed who don’t live in the dwelling
  • The floor area is up to 100 square metres or one-third of the gross floor area of the dwelling, whichever is less.
  • Up to 2 commercial vehicles under 2 tonnes can be present at any time.

Advertising signs

You can have a sign at any location on your property advertising your business at home provided it is not larger than 0.2 square metres (20cm x 20cm). If you want a larger sign or an illuminated sign, you will need to apply for a planning permit.

Note: If you own a heritage listed home, you will need to speak to Town Planning.

Are you a home based food business?

Our Environmental Health unit can assist you to comply with any requirements.

Visit the Food Business webpage and download their Home based food business fact sheet.


We welcome your feedback.

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This includes several bin requests such as missed bins, footpath maintenance, tree inspections and general requests. Visit our make a request page.


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