Home occupations are permitted in any dwelling unit. However, they are
guided by zoning considerations.
Prior to the amendments, a "Home Occupation" could include "home-based
business, office, trade, craft, or personal service conducted entirely
within the dwelling, or an accessory building, as a use secondary to
the residential use. Except for merchandise produced on the premises or
goods and merchandise associated with the service conducted on the
premises, retail and wholesale goods shall not be offered for sale."
In a May 2017 court ruling, What's the Scoop was ordered "into
compliance with the zoning bylaw" including orders to remove some
signs, and patio furniture used by patrons. However, it was allowed to
continue operating. The Town spent approximately $30,000 in legal fees
fighting it, and recouped $7,500 in a cost award. What's the Scoop is
currently suing the Town for $500,000 in a civil action.
In the meantime, council tightened the policies for "Home Occupation"
to mean "a home-based business, office, trade, craft, or personal
service conducted entirely within the dwelling unit as a use secondary
to the residential use in accordance with the provisions of this
By-law." As well, it prohibits, "the operation of a restaurant or
take out restaurant, whether or not the food and beverages are produced
on the premises and whether the food and beverages are intended for
consumption on the premises or not."
Last night councillors approved including in an updated sign bylaw
review, prohibiting banner signs specifically for home occupations; and
propose a specific section to identify the size, type and material
composition for home occupation signs.