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For those of you who do not have a commercial office space, do not fret! You can still set up your own home office under the Home Office Scheme that was implemented in 2003. This scheme allows both HDB and private residential property owners to use their residential space for business registration. In addition, homeowners can engage up to two persons who are not residents for their Home Office business.

Before setting up a Home Office, you will first need to check the Terms and Conditions (https://edanet.ura.gov.sg/dcd/homeoffice/HOMainPage/HOtnc.jsp) of the Home Office Scheme. Your business must also satisfy the Home Office Performance Criteria (https://edanet.ura.gov.sg/dcd/homeoffice/HOMainPage/HOperfcriteria.jsp).

As a guideline, your business must not generate excessive traffic, noise pollution or harm the environment. Businesses that do not qualify for the Home Office Scheme can be found at (https://edanet.ura.gov.sg/dcd/homeoffice/HOMainPage/HOnegativelist.jsp).

Once you have fulfilled the criterias, you can register your business online. For those living in private properties and HDB executive condominiums, you can register via the Online Business Licensing Service (OBLS). For those residing in HDB flats, you can register directly with the HDB.

An owner, tenant and authorised occupier who wishes to operate a Home Office can register as long as the business complies with the stated criterias. A non-refundable administration fee of $20 (inclusive of GST) applies. You can pay online via Credit Card (Visa/Mastercard), Direct Debit Through Internet Bank Account or FlexiPay.

Once you have successfully registered online, you can commence the Home Office use immediately. The registration is valid for five years and is renewable by re-registering online via OBLS.

You can call the URA service enquiry line at Tel: (65) 6223 4811 or email to ura_dcd@ura.gov.sg if you have any queries on the Home Office scheme.
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