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Starting a home business

Home business means the use of part of a dwelling unit or (where applicable, accessory building or site or combinations thereof) by at least one resident of the dwelling unit for a business activity that results in a product or service. 

This does not include:

  • adult entertainment
  • bed and breakfast
  • care centre
  • dating or escort service
  • recreational vehicle storage
  • veterinary service
  • fleet service uses

Home based business categories are:

Home office is a permitted use in any residential or agricultural Zoning District and means the accessory use of a room in a dwelling unit or suite by at least one resident of the dwelling unit for a business office and shall not include: 

  • client visits to the site; 
  • parking of a home business vehicle or heavy home business vehicle on site; 
  • changes to the outside appearance of the dwelling; 
  • on-site signage; 
  • nuisance; or 
  • any other visible evidence that a home office is located in the dwelling or suite.

A home office as defined above does not require a development permit.

Home business, minor means a home business which shall: 

  • occupy a maximum of 30 percent of the dwelling unit’s gross floor area; 
  • have a maximum of four (4) client or customer visits per day; and
  • not employ a non-resident on-site employee. 

Home business, intermediate means a home business which shall: 

  • occupy a maximum of 30 percent of the dwelling unit’s gross floor area plus a maximum of 30 percent of the gross floor area of all accessory buildings; and 
  • not exceed two (2) non-resident, on-site employees. 

Home business, major means a home business which shall:

  • not be considered on a lot less than 2.02 ha; 
  • occupy a maximum of 30 percent of the dwelling unit’s gross floor area plus a maximum of 30 percent of the gross floor area of all accessory buildings; and 
  • not exceed six (6) non-resident, on-site employees.

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Last updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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