Do I need a permit for a home-based food business?
Yes, if you are considering preparing, handling or storing food from home, your business will require a Food Permit. Due to the complexities of the food handling requirements and permit fees, we suggest you contact the Hume City Council Public Health Department on 9205 2599 between 8:30am – 5pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Operating a Food Business page on our website for more information.
Do I need a permit for a health and beauty business?
Yes. Home-based businesses that conduct beauty treatments including, but not restricted to, electrolysis, tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture or hairdressing will require a permit. Due to stringent health regulations it can be cost-prohibitive for some businesses to establish a salon from home. We recommend that you contact Public Health on 9205 2599 between 8:30am – 5:00pm or email email@example.com.
How much space from my home can I use for my home based business?
If your home-based business occupies more than 100 square metres of your home, or you employ more than one person at the home, a planning permit may allow for two people who do not live in the dwelling to be employed.
The permit may also allow for an increase in the floor area up to 100 square metres, or one third of the floor area of the dwelling, whichever is less. For further information contact Hume City Council’s Planning Department on 9205 2200 between 8:30am – 5:00pm.
Can I have advertising signage?
In all residential zones, home-based businesses are permitted business signage. A total of 0.2 square metres of advertising is permitted without a planning permit. The information permitted on these signs includes the business name, a brief service description and contact details.
How do I build my business networks?
We established a new coworking space located at the Town Hall, Broadmeadows. StartNorth, is a coworking space designed to help start-ups and scale-ups succeed by offering workshops and office space for like minded business owners to collaborate. For further details sign up to the Hume Business eNewsletter or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many networking groups within Hume for home-based, or other small to large businesses. For more information call Economic Development on 9205 2200 or email email@example.com
We're here to help you. If there is other assistance that you require, please call us on 9205 2200 between 8:30am – 5:00pm.
For anything else, call us on 9205 2200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.