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Home Occupation

Home Based Business

Home Based Business

A Home Occupation is any occupation, trade, profession, or craft carried on by the occupant of a home that is secondary to the residential use of the building.

Many people assume that their home occupation does not need a license, however according to the Town of Crossfield Business License & Land Use Bylaws; any business run from a residence that generates income requires a license. Even if you sell crafts or provide professional services on a casual or hobby basis, you should obtain a license to operate.

As per the Town's Land Use Bylaw, a Home Occupation is defined under two categories:

 Class 1

 "home occupation - class 1" means a use:

a)     that is business in nature, the scale and intensity of which are limited so that no impacts of the business are observed or felt outside the dwelling unit;

b)     that is located within a dwelling unit or associated accessory building;

c)      that does not produce noise, dust, odors or vibrations outside of the building in which it takes place;

d)     that does not include outdoor storage; and

e)     that does not require any person, other than the resident of the dwelling unit, to work at the residence where the use is located.

 Class 2
 

"home occupation - class 2" means a use:

a)     that is business in nature, the scale and intensity of which are limited so that no impacts of the business are observed or felt outside the dwelling unit;

b)     that is located within a dwelling unit and/or associated accessory building, but which is not located in a garage - private;

c)      that does not produce noise, dust, odors or vibrations outside of the building in which it takes place;

d)     that does not include outdoor storage;

e)     may have up to two (2) persons, other than the resident of the dwelling unit, who work at the residence where the use is located; and

f)      that may generate vehicular traffic, but will not result in traffic that has a negative impact on the community.

 

Home occupation permitting process

An interested applicant must complete the Home Occupation Permit Application, and ensure to include:

  • Letters of support from adjacent landowners (one on each side of your house, front, side, rear).
  • Floor plan showing dimensions of where within the home the business is being run out of.
  • A brief description of your business activities.
  • Permit application fee.

Upon receiving the completed application, the development department will review the application with respect to the Town of Crossfield's Land Use Bylaw. 

Depending upon the Home Occupation class and type of business, the application will be circulated to internal and external agencies (i.e. Telus, Shaw, Airdrie RCMP, Alberta Health Services, etc.) for 30 days and the Notice of Decision advertised in the local paper for 14 days, allowing any appeals to the decision.

If no appeals are received within the 14 days, the approved permit with conditions will released to the applicant and they may proceed with their business license application.   

All businesses, including home-based businesses, operating within the Town of Crossfield require a business license. Visit the Business Licensing page for more information.

The development department shall consider and decide on applications within forty (40) days of the receipt of the application in its complete and final form.

A home occupation permit does not exempt compliance with health regulations or any other permit requirements of municipal, provincial or federal authorities.

 

Change of Home Occupation Location

If a permit holder relocates within the municipality, that person must apply for a new Home occupation permit to commence the use from the new location.

 

Non-Compliance

If at any time any of the requirements regulating a home occupation are not complied with, the Development Officer or the Municipal Planning Commission may suspend or cancel the home occupation permit.

 

Provincial Licensing

Your home occupation may require approval and registration from other provincial agencies, such as Alberta Health Services  (Home based food businesses, Personal Service Facilities (i.e. Hair Salon, esthetics services, etc)

 

Benefits of a Business License

  • Free advertising - the Town makes a list of businesses in Crossfield to give out in its information packages.
  • You need a business license to apply for membership in the Better Business Bureau.
  • Many suppliers give discounts to businesses if provided with a copy of a business license.
  • It is illegal to operate without one.
  • You are joining a community of home-based businesses.

 

Reasons for Town Regulations

  • To track the economic development of the Town of Crossfield.
  • By nature, home occupations are difficult to monitor because of their low visibility. Licensing assists in tracking businesses, and ensuring they comply with municipal regulations.
  • We all want our neighborhoods to look like a residential community not a commercial district. Licensing allows the Town to implement rules that protect the residential character while allowing opportunities for business development.

 

Resources

Service Alberta

Bizpal

The Business Link

Futurpreneur

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) 

 

 For more information or assistance with the Home Occupation Permit or Business License, please contact the Planning Department, or phone 403-946-5565.