Information about specific planning requirements if you are wanting to work from home.
A home occupation is any occupation, including a profession, undertaken within a residential unit by a person who lives permanently within that residential unit. Home occupations are intended to be secondary in scale to the residential use of the site.
Home occupations are permitted in all residential zones other than Residential Central City provided that the following standards are 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 scale of the activity, traffic generation, access safety and hours of operation, depending on which particular standards are not met.
Home occupations also need to comply with the transport requirements of the District Plan where the home occupation is more than 10% of the gross floor area of the residential activity. The parking space requirement will be a combination of that 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 that 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|
Car parking: 4 spaces per 100m2 gross leasable floor areaCycle parking: 1 space per 500m2 gross floor area
Car parking: 0.5 spaces per 100m2 gross leasable floor areaCycle parking: 1 space per 200m2 gross floor area
Car parking: 5% of the staff requirement, with a minimum of 1 spaceCycle 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 areaCycle parking: 1 space per 150m2 gross floor area
Where the required car or cycle parking is not provided, a resource consent will be required so that the effects of the shortfall can be assessed.
Other work from home activities
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.
If you have any questions or would like further information please email our Duty Planner.
Please also refer to the Change of use page for information on building requirements where part of a building's use changes. Contact our Duty Building Consent Officer for more information on Building Act requirements.