Many types of business can be run from home if they do not disturb the surrounding neighbours. It depends on the zone of your property and the nature and size of the business proposed.
Operating a business from home is called a ‘home occupation’. A ‘home occupation’ is an occupation carried out in a dwelling, or on the land around the dwellingby a resident of the dwelling.
You do not need a planning permit for ‘home occupation’ in a Residential Zone as long as certain requirements are met. These requirements are listed in Clause 52.11 of the Ballarat Planning Scheme.