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City Council recently passed Bylaw C-1260-59, an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw regarding regulations for Home Businesses.
Please contact Enforcement Services at 780-830-5790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about Business Licenses..
A Home Office is defined as “the secondary use of a principal
building by only the permanent resident/residents of the dwelling to
conduct a business activity that does not require client visits to the
residence and may involve limited delivery or storage of goods or
A Home Business is defined as “the secondary use of a principal dwelling, or combination of a principal dwelling and an accessory building, in a residential neighbourhood to conduct a business activity by at least one (1) permanent resident of the dwelling.”
Maximum Area - 25% of the gross floor area of the principal dwelling, including the area of the basement, up to a maximum of 20m2.
Structural Alterations - None
Exterior Impact - Shall not create any nuisance and shall preserve the privacy and enjoyment of adjacent residences and the neighbourhood.
Equipment and or Material Storage - No storage other than office supplies for administrative purposes.
Customer Traffic Generation - No home business related vehicle trips.
Parking Spaces - No additional parking required
Employees - Only those who reside within the residence.
Business-Related Vehicles - One passenger vehicle without a commercial license up to 1 tonne.
Signage - No signs permitted other than signs on the vehicle.
Maximum Area - 30% of the total combined gross floor area of the principal dwelling and accessory buildings. The total area used cannot exceed 50m2.
Structural Alterations - Must comply with local bylaws and the Alberta Safety Codes Act.
Exterior Impact - Shall not create any nuisance and shall preserve the privacy and the enjoyment of adjacent residences and the neighbourhood.
Customer Traffic Generation - A maximum of six (6) home business related vehicle round trips per day, commercial deliveries allowed only during restricted hours [vehicle shall not exceed 5,000kg (GVW)].
Parking Spaces - One (1) additional on-site paved parking space in addition to those required for the principle residence, if there are customers or if there is an employee or a utility trailer associated with the Home Business.
Employees - May employ a maximum of one non-resident employee. Additional non-resident employees may be employed off-site, but not visit the residence for business reasons.
Business-Related Vehicles One (1) single axle, commercially licensed vehicle up to 5,000kg (GVW).
Home Businesses shall not have more than one (1) customer at the dwelling at any time.
All Home Business customer vehicle trips shall be restricted to:
A Home Business Development permit is not transferable. If the permit holder moves, a new application approval is required.
A Home Businesses may be considered in single detached dwellings and all other residential dwelling units except for secondary suites and boarding houses.
For the purpose of a Home Business or Home Office, the location of a business is the address at which the operations of the business are managed.
A maximum of one (1) Home Business and one (1) Home Office is allowed per dwelling. The area occupied by the Home Business and the Home Office cannot exceed 30% of the gross cumulative area of the principal dwelling and accessory buildings. The total area used cannot exceed 60m2
Uses that are not permitted as Home Businesses or Home Offices include, but are not limited to:
Please contact a Development Officer at 780.538.0325 for further information.
A Home Business shall not be approved if, in the opinion of the Development Authority, it would be more appropriately located in a commercial or industrial district regarding, among other matters, potential traffic generation and potential interference with the residential character of the area.
Where an applicant wishes to cancel a Home Business application, there will be no refund of the fees paid.
Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 6H8
Office Hours: 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Monday to Friday
Applications can be submitted electronically by emailing all required documentation to: email@example.com
For more information, call 780-538-0325
Please contact the Enforcement Services Department at 780-830-5790 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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