• Business locations

    Business locations are the permanent physical premises operated by a business or organisation.

    You'll need to provide business locations for all premises operated by your business or organisation, except in cases where there is a risk to the safety of individuals as a result of disclosure, such as in the case of a women’s refuge.

    For each location you'll be asked for:

    • street address
    • business activity details
    • phone and email contacts.

    What constitutes a business location

    Premises are considered to be a business location if:

    • the business has a legal right as owner or lessee to use the premises or
    • the business undertakes activities at least once per quarter at these premises.

    Activities could include production, storage, sales and service.

    Examples of what are considered a business location

    • If a business operates from an individual’s home, the home is considered a business location
      • for example, an internet-based business managed from an individual's home address or a tradesman who keeps their records and garages a business vehicle at home.
    • If a business operates a shopfront and a warehouse at different premises, the premises are considered separate business locations.
    • Adjoining premises used for related activities, or premises used for multiple activities by the same business or organisation should be considered as one business location.
    • If a business is mobile, the permanent base for its operations is considered a business location
      • for example, a courier business that does its office administration at a commercial office.
    • If a business has no permanent base for its operations, its office, home address or home port in the case of maritime vessels can be considered as a business location.

    Examples of what are considered not to be a business location

    • If a business owns premises and leases it to another business, the premises are not a business location for the owner unless they also operate a business from the premises.
    • Business locations don't include public or industry display spaces, or contracted public-facing facilities such as a telephone answering service or registered office service.
    • Building sites are not considered business locations.
    • If a business carries out contracted work on premises owned or leased by someone else, the premises are not regarded as a business location – for example, an electrician or plumber working on a commercial project.
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