The City's Home Based Business By-law permits a business to operate legally from a permanent residence with certain limitations.
Highlights - What You Need to Know
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.
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)