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Home Based Businesses

Overview

The City's Home Based Business By-law permits a business to operate legally from a permanent residence with certain limitations.

What you should know?

To operate a home based business you must apply for a licence.

Definition: A "home based business" is as an accessory business or occupation conducted in a dwelling unit by a resident of that dwelling unit. The business or occupation must be clearly subordinate to the primary residential use of the unit, and must not create a public nuisance or adverse effect on surrounding lands or in the neighbouring community.

The business may only occupy 25 percent of the finished floor area of a dwelling unit, to a maximum of 50 square meters.

Pick-ups and deliveries to the home based business must take place between 6:30 am and 8:00 pm.

With the exception of one sign for identification purposes, the business can not have any outdoor storage or display. The sign can not be internally-illuminated, may be located on an exterior wall or door of the dwelling unit, and must be less than 800 square centimetres in size.

Prohibited Uses

The following are prohibited from operating as a home-based business:

  • animal hospital / veterinarian clinic
  • heavy machinery repair, sales or service
  • kennel / animal boarding service
  • restaurant (any type of eating / drinking establishment)
  • retail store or wholesaling
  • taxi service
  • vehicle repair, sales or service (including audio / video equipment)
  • warehousing
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