Covid-19 Information and Updates - Updated 22 February 2021

To reduce the number of face-to-face interactions with the community and protect our staff and their ability to carry out ongoing essential services, the Derwent Valley Council Offices are open to the public from 10am - 4pm from Monday 24 August for essential visits only.

Council operating hours are still 8.15am – 5pm (Mon - Fri) and Council services can be accessed over the phone, by email or via our website. We encourage all enquiries by phone or email where possible.

Information on the Tasmanian Government and Council's response to COVID-19.

This information includes support available to individuals, business and community organisations including grant funding and mental health support and where to access further information around the pandemic and Council services.

Information on the Tasmanian COVID Vaccination Program.

Please stay home, save lives. Practise social distancing and good hygiene practises.

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Working from Home - Home Business

A business may be operated from your home without Council approval, providing the following conditions are met:-

home-based business means use of part of a dwelling by a resident for non-residential purposes if:

(a) no more than 50m² of floor area of the dwelling is used for the non-residential purposes; 

(b) the person conducting the business normally uses the dwelling as their principal place of residence; 

(c) it does not involve employment of more than 2 workers who do not reside at the dwelling; 

(d) any load on a utility is no greater than for a domestic use; 

(e) there is no activity that causes electrical interference to other land; 

(f) there is, on the site, no storage of hazardous materials; 

(g) there is, on the site, no display of goods for sale; 

(h) there is, on the site, no advertising of the business other than 1 sign (non-illuminated) not exceeding 0.2m² in area; 

(i) there is, on the site, no refuelling, servicing or repair of vehicles not owned by a resident; 

(j) not more than 2 commercial vehicles are on the site at any one time and no commercial vehicle on the site exceeds 2 tonnes; and

(k) all vehicles used by the business are parked on the site.

However, the definition may be more specific and/or change depending on each particular land use zone. For example, in the General Residential Zone, the definition is further quantified by reducing the number of commercial vehicles to 1 per site (rather than 2), the number of non-resident employees to 1 (rather than 2) and the total floor area for the business to 30m2 (rather than 50m2).

It is recommended that you contact Council’s Planning Department to confirm whether a permit is needed, prior to commencing business.

If you cannot meet all of these conditions, you may be able to meet other exemptions, or alternatively seek planning approval for the use under the Derwent Valley Interim Planning Scheme 2015. The Derwent Valley Interim Planning Scheme 2015 can be viewed at

Please contact Council’s Development Services Department on 6261 8530 for further details.