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If you are contemplating carrying on a business from your home in Richmond/Knob Hill you will require land use approval, either a home occupation : class 1 or a home occupation : class 2.
The basic rule for a home occupation - class 1 is that the home-based business must not be visible from outside the home. The business must be conducted in the home by a resident and have minimal impact on the surrounding neighbourhood. If your business follows the rules, this application is approved and issued instantly. A home occupation - class 1 clearance form specifies the rules you must follow and is valid for as long as you operate that business from the same location. Some examples of home-based businesses that may fit under a home occupation - class 1 are desk and telephone occupations, web-based businesses or a consultant's office.
General rules for home occupations - class 1:
If you cannot comply with the above rules, you may qualify for a development permit for a home occupation - class 2. This approval allows for more flexibility and has specific conditions attached. Before receiving this permit, a sign will be placed on the property to inform neighbours of the proposed use, and the approved permit will be published in the local newspaper. Home occupation – class 2 development permits are approved on a temporary basis, with the length of the approval determined before the permit is released. 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).
General rules for home occupations - class 2:
Same as for class 1 but with a few differences including:
In addition to land use approval, some home-based businesses also require business licensing. Visit calgary.ca/mybusiness for licence types and the required approvals.
Some homes in Richmond/Knob Hill have one or more restrictive covenants registered against the title, and in some cases those restrictive covenants include a provision prohibiting any business from being carried on from the home. Accordingly, before starting a home-based business it would also be a good idea to check your title to see if any such restriction applies to your home.
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