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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . .

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Mrs Jones: What is the CIT's response?

MS FITZHARRIS: CIT's response is a matter for CIT.

Small business—development applications

MRS JONES: My question is to the minister for planning. I refer to a case raised by you, Madam Speaker, in the matter of public importance on Tuesday, 8 March about a home-based mechanic who is being encouraged by Access Canberra to undertake a development application process for their business. Under what circumstances do home-based businesses have to submit a development application for their business and what consultation has the government conducted regarding any changes to the process?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mrs Jones for her question. In relation to the specific business, a development application could be applied for if the applicant or the person residing in a property wanted to change the use of the property—in this case, as described—to operate a business from that property to certain levels.

As we discussed earlier in that conversation, there are a number of businesses that operate from home in the territory that do not require development applications to operate from home, depending on the size of the business and the operation that takes place. So there can be a development application applied for which allows them to expand the size of their business and take on different aspects of that business.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, how many businesses are being pursued by Access Canberra to apply for development applications that currently do not have development applications, and what sorts of businesses are being targeted?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have not received a brief from Access Canberra on that topic and the number of applicants they have talked to or businesses. I can seek information from the minister responsible for Access Canberra and provide it for Mrs Jones.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, how much does it currently cost for an established home-based business to obtain a development application and can they be granted retrospectively?

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, could you repeat the last part of that question?

MR WALL: Can the DA be applied retrospectively?

MR GENTLEMAN: Costs vary for each development application. So that would depend on what they are putting in place. If Mr Wall would like to provide some more information on what is proposed, I will certainly come back with the details for him.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

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