Running a small business from home makes sense for many families – especially those going through the process of resettlement – as it offers greater flexibility than a ‘job’…

However, if you wish to run a business from your Service Family Accommodation (SFA), there are a few things you need to consider. First off, you must gain prior written approval from your Local Service Commander and from Amey Defence Services. Then:

What type of businesses can you run from your SFA?

In general, businesses that cause no disruption or damage to your house and your neighbourhood are permitted, for example, home working, running an internet-based company, running a small registered childminding business, offering beauty treatments, etc.

You must not run a business that would require installation of industrial machinery or require storage of heavy, large, toxic or explosive materials. Doing car repairs at your SFA is not permitted. Any suitable business should be safely managed.

How much noise do you produce when running your business?

When running a business from your SFA you should avoid any disturbance to your neighbours and neighbourhood. Noise should not be heard outside the property during the evening, night or early morning.

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