Yes, certain types of businesses may operate from a home with some restrictions. The City’s Zoning Bylaw restricts the type of business activities that are allowed to operate in a residential neighbourhood, limits the size of the area used for business purposes, and regulates parking and storage impacts.
First and foremost, check to ensure that the business is acceptable for a home occupation. Since commercial activities are not usually allowed in residential areas, it is important that a home business does not disturb the residential character of an area. The ideal test of a home business is whether the neighbours would be aware of its existence. Some factors that can draw attention to a home business include the following:
- Advertising or signage on the property
- Noise, dust, smell or smoke generated by the home business
- Delivery or collection of products
- Parking on adjacent streets or lanes
- Employees who are not residents of the dwelling
- Storage of equipment or materials in the open
Refer to the "Home Occupation" definition of the 2181, 2014 - City of Fort St. John Zoning Bylaw which is outlined in detail on the Home Occupations Business License Application Form.