A home occupation is any business, including a profession, carried out within a residential unit by someone who lives permanently in that unit. Motor vehicle or boat trading or storage, other than those owned by and for the use of the occupier of the site
Home occupations are permitted in all residential zones other than Residential Central City if the following standards are met:
If any of the above standards cannot be met, a resource consent is required for the home occupation.
The application must address the effects resulting from the scale of the activity, traffic generation, access safety and/or hours of operation, depending on which particular standards are not met.
In the Residential Central City zone, any non-residential activity that is not already provided for under other rules is permitted, if it meets the following standards:
If any of the above standards cannot be met, a resource consent is required for the home occupation. The application must address the effects resulting from the scale of the activity, traffic generation, access safety and/or hours of operation, depending on which particular standards are not met.
Home occupations need to comply with the transport requirements of the District Plan if the home occupation uses more than 10% of the gross floor area of the residential activity.
The overall parking space requirement for the property will be a combination of the parking required for the residential activity (1 car parking space if the house is smaller than 150m2, 2 spaces if it is 150m2 or larger, plus 1 cycle park for any residential unit without a garage) plus the parking required for the home occupation.
Examples of the car parking requirements for typical activities undertaken as home occupations:
|Type of home occupation||Visitor requirement||Staff requirement|
|Commercial service||Car parking: 4 spaces per 100m2 gross leasable floor area
Cycle parking: 1 space per 500m2 gross floor area
|Car parking: 0.5 spaces per 100m2 gross leasable floor area
Cycle parking: 1 space per 200m2 gross floor area
|Office||Car parking: 5% of the staff requirement, with a minimum of 1 space
Cycle parking: 20% of the staff requirement (minimum 2 spaces) outside the Central City; 1 space per 500m2 gross floor area within the Central City
|Car parking: 2.5 spaces per 100m2 gross floor area
Cycle parking: 1 space per 150m2 gross floor area
If the required car or cycle parking is not provided, a resource consent is needed so that the effects of the shortfall can be assessed.
A home occupation will trigger a development contributions assessment only when an application for land use consent, building consent, service connection or certificate of acceptance is required.
Depending on the proposed use, a home occupation will be assessed either using the proposed floor area, or the actual proposed usage (e.g. anticipated water use and trip generation).
The District Plan also allows the following other work-from-home activities in Residential zones:
If the above standards cannot be met, a resource consent is required.
Changing the use of a building, or part of a building, can require a building consent or a written notification to the Council about the change.
Refer to Change of use for information on building requirements where part of a building's use changes.
For more information on the Building Act requirements contact our Duty Building Consent Officer.
If you have any questions or would like further information please email our Duty Planner.