Home Based Business Regs.



Home Industry Information Sheet

(Excerpts from the Chatham-Kent Zoning By-law 216-2009)

3.134 HOME-BASED BUSINESS
A business operated by the resident of a single detached dwelling or a semi-detached dwelling unit as an accessory use.  For the purposes of this By-law, home-based businesses consist of two types: home occupations and home industries.

a) “HOME INDUSTRY” means a gainful occupation conducted in whole or in part of an accessory building to a single detached dwelling by the occupants and includes a carpentry shop, an electrical shop, a wood-working shop, a sheet-metal shop, a welding shop, a plumbing shop, a machine or repair shop, a blacksmith shop or a public garage but does not include a reclamation or salvage operation or a vehicle repair business or public garage in a residential zone.


4.15 HOME INDUSTRIES
A home industry shall only be permitted in an Agricultural zone, in conjunction with a single detached dwelling in an accessory building in accordance with the following provisions:
a) not more than two on-site employees, including those residing on the premises, shall be engaged in such home industry;
b) such home industry is clearly secondary to the main residential use and does not change the residential character of the dwelling or accessory buildings;
c) no building or structure used for a home industry shall be erected, altered, renovated or used in a manner that precludes its use for purely agricultural purposes or a use accessory to a residential use;
d) any equipment or machinery used or produced in the conduct of a home industry shall be of a small scale;
e) not more than one accessory building with a maximum of 300 sq. m of gross floor area may be used for the purpose of the home industry;
f) such home industry does not create or become a nuisance, particularly in regard to noise, noxious odours, wastes, emissions of smoke, traffic or parking;
g) such home industry does not interfere with television or radio reception in the vicinity;
h) there shall be no open storage of goods or materials;
i) there shall be no sale of goods other than those produced on the premises;
j) one unlit sign indicating the name and business of the occupant not exceeding 0.4 sq. m in area shall be permitted;
k) no use shall be permitted which would result in a commercial vehicle being parked or stored on an adjacent street except for temporary parking to permit normal pick-up and delivery.


4.16 HOME OCCUPATIONS 
A home occupation shall be permitted in any zone in a single-detached dwelling or a semi-detached dwelling unit in accordance with the following provisions:
a) not more than two on-site employees, including those residing on the premises, shall be engaged in such home occupation;
b) such home occupation is clearly secondary to the main residential use and does not change the residential character of the dwelling or lot in any manner visible off the property;
c) such home occupation does not create or become a nuisance, particularly in
regard to noise, noxious odours, wastes, emissions of smoke, traffic or parking;
d) such home occupation does not interfere with television or radio reception in the vicinity;
e) not more than 25% of the gross floor area of the dwelling to a maximum of 55.75 sq. m shall be used for such use;
f) the home occupation shall not be conducted within an accessory building or a garage;
g) there shall be no outdoor storage of goods or materials;
h) there shall be no sale of goods other than those produced on the premises;
i) no use shall be permitted which would result in a commercial vehicle being parked or stored on an adjacent street except for temporary parking to permit normal pick-up and delivery;
j) one unlit sign indicating the name and business of the occupant not exceeding 0.4 sq. m in area shall be permitted, Sign information on reverse…

Sign Information 
(Excerpt from Sign Bylaw 156-2004)
4.0 RESIDENTIAL
4.1 In addition to the requirements contained in Section 3.0, the requirements of this section shall apply to all signs in any residential zone as defined by the Zoning By-law.
4.2 One (1) Ground Sign or Fascia Sign identifying a home occupation permitted under the Zoning By-law and indicating not more than the name, occupation and operating hours of the occupant shall be permitted and any such sign shall:
a) Not exceed 1.0 sq. m (3.28 sq. ft) in area;
b) Not be illuminated;
c) Not be flashing or animated;
d) If a ground sign, not to exceed 1.2 m (3.94 ft) in height from grade; and
e) Not be closer than 3.0 m (9.84 ft) to any property line.
** For comprehensive Sign By-law, please contact the Building Department at 519.360.1998.