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Performance Criteria for Home Office Scheme

Once registered under the Home Office Scheme, applicants must observe the following performance criteria:

  1. The person(s) conducting the business must continue to use the residential unit as his place of residence. The business activities shall be confined wholly within the premises.
  2. The business must not generate noise, smoke, odour, effluent or dust that could cause more nuisance than is normally expected from the use of the premises for residential purposes. Examples are excessive noise from the use of equipment or appliances required in the business; smoke, odour and effluent as a result of preparation, processing and manufacturing of products.
  3. The business activities must not be illegal or unlawful. It also must not have any bad and immoral influences (e.g. gambling or pornography related activities).
  4. The business activities must not introduce extraneous human or vehicular traffic to the surrounding neighbourhood.
  5. There must be no solicitation of business that may cause annoyance to the residents or public, i.e. distribution of brochures, flyers or door-to-door visitations. There should be no selling of physical goods.
  6. There must be no advertisements or posters displayed.
  7. The applicant must take all necessary safety precautions and ensure that the business activities do not pose any danger to human lives or damage to properties.
  8. Consumption of electricity and structural load must not exceed the normal (residential) load. Storage and use of dangerous chemicals and hazardous substances are strictly prohibited.
  9. The business activities must not adversely affect the character, ambience and environment of the residential estate.
  10. Where necessary, the business must comply with the regulations of other government authorities and relevant licences/approvals must be obtained before commencement of business. To search for the licences/approvals that may be required for the business, the applicant can go to LicenceOne.