Advice and permit information for home based businesses
To apply for your permit please visit the Zoning and Permits Office at Unit 31 - 30 Fort Street.
The zoning by-law regulates home-based businesses by ensuring the character of a residential area is maintained.
A home-based business may be a full-time, part-time or even an occasional venture. Generally, if your business mail comes to your home and / or administrative duties are conducted from your home, you will require a Home Occupation Permit.
Many types of home-based businesses such as office facilities are permitted under the zoning by-law with the issuance of a Home Occupation Permit prior to establishing the home-based business.
Home-based businesses that provide a personal service on the premises such as a beauty salon, pet grooming or repair service require Conditional Use approval from The Director of the City’s Planning, Property and Development Department in addition to the Home Occupation Permit, prior to establishing the home-based business. A conditional use approval is also required for up to a maximum of two non-resident employees.
Home-Based Business Application Requirements:
- Completed application form
- Floor plans indicating the location of office and/or services provided
- Some home businesses require a Conditional
(eg. Beauty Salon, Bed and Breakfast, Uses providing a personal service on premises).
Your application visit will take less time if you complete the above form in advance with all the necessary information.
- Zoning By-Law 200/2006 for all areas of the city outside of the downtown boundaries
- Home Occupations Zoning By-law for the downtown area only - Downtown Zoning By-law 100/04