Running a business from home

One of the most frequent questions received by the SVBS team is whether planning permission is needed to run a business from home.

In this case, we recommend checking the Planning Portal for the latest guidance. You can find the most up to date information here.

If you believe you may need planning permission after reviewing this guidance, or want to enquire about a Certificate of Lawful Use, please contact the Council’s planning team for further advice:

South Oxfordshire

Vale of White Horse



Aside from planning permission, there are many additional considerations when deciding to run a business from home. This includes:

  • Can I run a business from a council house?
  • Can I run a business from rented accommodation?
  • Will I be charged business rates?
  • Will running a business from home affect my mortgage?

Simply Business have addressed these issues in detail here.



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