The District Plan defines home businesses, or ‘home occupations’, as an occupation, craft, profession or service for direct or indirect commercial gain that’s carried out on a regular basis in a home or building that is also used for residential purposes.
This does not include:
- service stations
- the repair, painting, panel beating or wrecking of motor vehicles
Conditions for running a small business from home
Businesses can be run from home so long as they don’t have a detrimental effect on the residential area around you. The District Plan has rules for home businesses and there are a number of conditions you must meet, regarding:
- number of employees
- floor area
- storage of outdoor equipment or materials
- hours of operation
- parking and access
- hazardous substances.
If you can’t meet one or more of the rules, you will need resource consent.
If you think you meet all the rules you can apply for a certificate of compliance, which is a legal document from Council saying that your activity meets the District Plan.