Home-Based Business Licence

Home-based businesses can be a great option for sole proprietors, small family businesses and start-ups. Physicians offices are also allowed in duplexes and multi-family complexes.

If you would like to start a home-based business, you need to have a business licence.

Your home-based business cannot have more than two members and you need to be immediate family. Your home-based business needs client parking available onsite. For a complete list of the rules and regulations, please read the Zoning Bylaw.


On April 25, 2022, Council adopted amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to allow retail sales from home-based artist studios, and to remove restrictions on home-based beauty salons or barber shops, and real estate office uses.  

The following are not permitted as home-based businesses:

  • orchestra or band training
  • places of public assembly
  • restaurants
  • retail sales directly from the site
  • schools or recital areas
  • stables or kennels for the boarding and breeding of animals
  • salvage or repair of vehicles

More information

Home offices are regulated by the Zoning Bylaw, section 130.04.

Zoning Bylaw


Bylaw & Licensing Services