A Home-Based Business is business activity on your principal residence property, whether it is in your home or in an accessory building on your lot. Because a home-based business is commercial activity happening in a residential area, the City’s Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006 places limits on the kinds of activities that can take place. If you have a home-based business, you need to obtain a Business Licence to operate.
General requirements for home-based businesses include:
Maximum of two home-based businesses per dwelling unit.
Meet parking and setback requirements and other bylaw requirements.
Maintain the residential character of the property or buildings, including no exterior storage of materials or goods or external operations.
No use of a vehicle larger than 5500 kg gross vehicle weight, or the use of any vehicle that compromises the privacy, peace, and enjoyment of adjacent owners.
Must not create noise, dust, vibration, smell, heat, smoke, odours, glare, electrical or radio interference, fire hazard, or nuisance.
Cabinetry, woodworking, furniture making, ice making, and other similar uses are only allowed for Rural Home-Based Businesses.
The following are strictly prohibited:
Mechanical repair or servicing of vehicles, engines, heavy duty equipment, trailers, or boats
Sawmills and/or lumber processing
Industrial scale or hazardous business use, including welding
Animal kennels and other uses, excluding grooming
Cutting and/or wrapping of wild game or other animal products
Adult business use
Resale outlets, such as pawnbrokers or mushroom buyers
Drycleaning and laundry service
There are three kinds of home-based businesses:
Minor: Any A1, A2, RM or R Zone, or a dwelling unit in any C Zone. No non-resident employees. Maximum of 20% of the dwelling gross floor area, to a maximum of 50 square metres (538 sqft). No customers on-site.
Major: Any R, A1, or A2 Zone. Requires a fire and safety inspection. Not more than one non-resident employee. Maximum of 30% of the total gross floor area, to a maximum of 75 square metres (800 sqft). No more than 3 pre-arranged customer visits at any time and a maximum of twenty customers in a day. Operations between 7am and 8pm only.
Rural: R2, RA1, A1, or A2 Zone on lots greater than 4,000 square metres (1 acre). Requires a fire and safety inspection. Not more than two non-resident employees. Maximum of 30% of the total gross floor area, to a maximum of 93 square metres (1000 sqft). No more than 3 pre-arranged customer visits at any time and a maximum of twenty customers in a day.
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