Zoning Bylaw No. 55 Home Based Businesses Regulations

“Home-Based Business” means a commercial undertaking carried on for gain or profit that is accessory and subordinate to the principal Residential Use of the Dwelling Unit subject to the regulations of Division 3, Section 3.3, of this bylaw.

Home-Based Businesses shall not include daycare facilities; Bed and Breakfasts; Medical Offices; meat cutting; or any undertaking in respect of which motor vehicles are serviced, sold, leased, or otherwise dealt with.

Zoning Requirements

Home-Based Businesses are permitted in conjunction with all residential uses in the zones listed in Divisions Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, and Twelve, of Zoning Bylaw No. 55, except within an accessory dwelling unit in a commercial zone, subject to the regulations of Division 3, Section 3.3 Home Based Business. 

All Home-Based Businesses in the City shall comply with the requirements/regulations listed in this document and below.

Requirements (expand this section to view the requirements)

3.3.1 A Home-Based Business may be operated only by a Person whose normal and principal place of residence is in the Dwelling Unit together with not more than two other Persons who do not reside in the Dwelling Unit, except where the Home-Based Business is either:

a) located in a Multi Family Residential development, in which case, not more than one other Person who does not reside in the Dwelling Unit may assist in the Home-Based Business; or

b) a business of a type listed in subsection 3.3.10 below that allows customers to enter the Dwelling Unit, in which case no Person who does not reside in the Dwelling Unit may assist in the Home-Based Business.

3.3.2 The storage of goods, materials, equipment, or finished products is permitted only where it is accessory to the Home-Based Business and only when such storage is wholly contained within the Dwelling Unit or a Building accessory to the Dwelling Unit, both of which must comply with all City bylaws.

3.3.3 The floor space used by a Home-Based Business in a Dwelling Unit and Accessory Building shall not exceed the lesser of:

a) 50 m2; or

b) 20% of the gross floor area of the Dwelling Unit.

3.3.4 A Home-Based Business shall produce no offensive noise, vibration, smoke, dust, odour, heat, glare, radiation, or electrical interference; and the operation of noise producing machinery related to the business, such as backhoes or excavators, must only occur in order to load or unload the machinery for the purposes of storage and transport. 

3.3.5 A Home-Based Business, its employees, and its suppliers shall not use on Street parking.

3.3.6 Motor vehicles using on Site parking shall include no more than one vehicle related to the Home-Based Business, which may be a car or truck and includes one trailer that has a maximum length of 7.3 m and is restricted to one piece of machinery stored on top of the trailer.

3.3.7 A Home-Based Business shall give no exterior indication of the Home-Based Business, including no storage of supplies or material, no displays of goods or products, no floodlighting, and no Signs visible from the outside, except there may be one single, unilluminated nameplate not exceeding 0.28 m2 in area and placed within or flat against the Dwelling Unit or any Accessory Building.

3.3.8 A Home-Based Business shall give no exterior indication of the Home-Based Business, including no storage of supplies or material, no displays of goods or products, no floodlighting, and no Signs visible from the outside, except there may be one single, unilluminated nameplate not exceeding 0.28 m2 in area and placed within or flat against the Dwelling Unit or any Accessory Building.

3.3.9 Materials and commodities shall not be delivered to or from the Dwelling Unit in such bulk or quantity as to require delivery by motor vehicles with detachable trailers.

3.3.10 Home-Based Business shall not operate between the hours of 22:00 (10:00 pm) and 07:00 (7:00 am).

3.3.11 The client or customer of a Home-Based Business is not permitted to enter the Dwelling Unit or any Accessory Building to inspect or pick up goods or to receive any service, except as follows:

a) music/art instruction and tutoring to a maximum of two students at any one time;

b) in Single  and two Family Dwellings, Personal Services, personal training, animal grooming, or artisan and photography studio to a maximum of one client or customer at any one time; and

c) in the A1, CR1, CR2, CR3, RS3, or RS4 Zones, sale of agriculture products produced on Site to a maximum of three customers at any one time.

3.3.12 For those Home-Based Businesses where customers or clients are permitted to enter the business:

a) a maximum of one business of this type is permitted per property;

b) such businesses shall not be located in, or the same property as, a Residential Suite; and

c) one additional parking space must be provided, over and above the minimum parking requirements of the zone, which may be provided in a stacked configuration.

3.3.13 Enforcement shall be in accordance with any applicable Council Policy or bylaw.  

Apply for a Business Licence

All businesses, including home-based businesses, require a business licence issued by the City. Apply for a licence by using the form below.

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