The City of Nanaimo is in the process of reviewing the home-based business regulations in Zoning Bylaw 4500. The update is intended to modernize the regulations to support home-based businesses while balancing the needs of the neighbourhoods in which they operate.
What is a home-based business? A home-based business can be either:
- a business operated AT home - where most of the work of the business is carried out at the home of the operator(s); or
- a business operated FROM home - where the home is used as a base, but much of the work is done outside the home.
There are approximately 2,300 licensed home-based businesses operating in the city today, providing approximately 3,400 jobs and covering a wide range of sectors of the economy.