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Home Based Business


Home Based Businesses (HBBs) are an important contributor to Army Family quality of life – new changes to procedures makes it easier and quicker gain approval to operate an on-post HBB.


HBBs allow Families to work from their Army quarters, developing rewarding careers that follow them through PCS moves. The wide span of HBBs operated by Army Families includes:

  • Car repair/service
  • Hairdressing and hairstyling
  • Pet grooming and pet sitting
  • Massage therapy
  • Retail sales from home

HBB owners need to obtain approval from the garrison commander or senior commander. We’ve recently streamlined the process to make it quicker and easier.


Not everyone who works from home operates an HBB though. If you work remotely from your home, you probably don’t need approval. Other examples of businesses that don’t need approval are:

  • Bookkeeping and tax preparation
  • Personal training conducted outside the home
  • Photography, graphic design, and advertising services
  • Tutoring and music instruction
  • Entertainment or travel planning
  • Housecleaning and lawn care
  • Selling items from multi-level marketing (MLM) companies


Home Based Business approval is quick and easy!

The Army’s new standardized HBB application template streamlines the approval process.  Of course, installations are still required to adhere to local and state laws and regulations regarding home business operations, so check into those, too.


Here’s the process:   

Step 1: Obtain the HBB Application. Visit your Family and MWR representative or go online to download your HBB application and any required additional forms.

Step 2:  Complete the Application.  This includes visiting and obtaining approval from installation agencies like the housing office and community housing manager. The application should identify the agencies, but ask your Family and MWR representative if you have questions. If you need any additional documentation (like licensing or certifications), get that, too.


Step 3: Turn in the Application: Once you’ve completed your paperwork, submit the application to your Family and MWR representative. Keep a copy of the completed application for your own records.

Within 60 days, you should get notification of approval. Simple!

Get approved now!

  • If you operate an HBB on post and aren’t yet approved, now’s the time to get official.
  • We’ve recently streamlined processes, so they’re easier than ever. You can get approved within 60 days.
  • Moving your HBB from another installation? If you were approved there, the process is even easier!
  • New Army guidance directs installations to “find a way to say yes” to HBB owners – so we’re prepared to make this easy for you.
  • Official on-post offerings from AAFES, the Commissary and MWR no longer consider HBBs competition, and you don’t have to gain their approval.
  • Operating an HBB from your quarters without approval can violate policy and get you in trouble.

Don’t delay. Get your Home Based Business registered today by contacting your local DFMWR!

Fort Johnson HBB Applications, Forms and Registrations

Application check list can be found HERE


Home Base Business's that live on the installation can find the application HERE.

This will include approval and signatures from housing community center manager, Sponsor's Battalion Commander and Command Sergeant Major. For all business' requesting to sell food products must also have, approval and signatures from Environmental Health and Veterinary Clinic. Information for food business' can be found here.. Employment Readiness Office and Staff Judge Advocate signatures will be completed upon submission of the application. 


Military Spouses that live off the installation operating a Home Base Business, can find the application HERE.

This will include approval and signatures from Sponsor's Battalion Commander and Command Sergeant Major, if applicable.  NO business' off the installation will be permitted to sell food products.  Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation Office and Staff Judge Advocate signatures will be completed upon submission of the application. 

Completed Packet

A complete application will also include valid Liability Insurance Declaration Sheet (received from your insurance company) and a signed personal commercial solicitation sheet. Price sheets, menus brochures or like items are greatly appreciated. 

Please return completed packet to Fort Johnson MWR or drop packet off at DFMWR HQ office. (Bldg. 350, 4th floor) 

You will be notified of decision via email within 30 days. 

Review, additional information and tips: 

1. Fort Johnson Policy Letter 

2. Use the checklist above to ensure you have all the required paperwork completed. 

3. Documents can be scanned and emailed. *Tip: There are apps that will convert your photos into PFDs. 

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