Are You Contemplating on Organizing a Home-Based Business?

Posted by Jad Snan on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 10:37am.

Forget that long commute and the structured 9-5 work day. Make it a thing of the past by starting up your own home-based business, where you can work at home and be your own boss. More and more people are leaving the office setting behind for the comfort of their own home.

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Two types of home occupations are allowed in Calgary.

The first type is a Class 1 Home Occupation which has no effect on the surrounding neighbourhood. This type is allowed in all residential neighbourhoods.

Some Class 1 Restrictions:

• You must live in the home associated with the home occupation.
• The business cannot be visible from the outside.
• There can be no employee or business partners working at the home who do not live at the home.
• There can be no more than 3 visits per week by clients, staff, and/or couriers to the home associated with the business.

A Home Occupation - Class 2 allows more flexibility, including the potential of impacting the neighbours; therefore, a Development Permit is required. Some examples of home-based businesses that may fit under the Home Occupation - Class 2 rules are hairdressers, music teachers and a consultant's office (more than three visits per week).

Some Class 2 Requirements:


• The business can use up to 20% of the floor area of the home or 30 square metres, whichever is less.
• The garage may be used for the business, provided it can still be used to park a vehicle.
• There can be one employee or business partner working at the home who does not live at the home.
• Must not generate more than five (5) business associated vehicle visits to the parcel on any one day, to a maximum of 15 business associated vehicle visits per week.

For more information, check out the City of Calgary Home Occupation Permits here.

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