The County does not issue business licenses or business permits; however, we do issue approvals to operate a business. These approvals are provided at no charge to ratepayers who wish to operate a home based business.
Home-based Business Definition
A home-based business is defined as any occupation, trade, profession or craft carried on by an occupant of a dwelling as a use secondary to the residential use of the dwelling and which does not change the character thereof, or have any exterior evidence of such secondary use. A home occupation does not include the employment of more than 1 paid assistant other than the occupant and the occupant's family.
Application for Approval for home-based Business
Please view our application for approval (PDF) to operate a business. There is no application fee. Application for Approval for non home-based Business
Ratepayers wishing to operate any minor business, business service, personal service, or commercial business must obtain approval through the Development Permit process.
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