Home-Based Business Bylaw Update

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.

We will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, December 4 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Shaw Lobby (101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, BC)

At the Open House you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the results of the Home-Based Business Needs Assessment Survey conducted in July 2018.
  • Review and ask questions about the proposed home-based business regulations.
  • Provide your feedback on the proposed changes.

If you are unable to attend the open house, you can view the boards here.

To fill out the Proposed Home-Based Business Regulations Survey, please click here.

If you have any questions or comments on the Home-Based Business Update, please contact us at 250-755-4465 or email info@investnanaimo.ca


  • Progress

    On Tuesday, December 4 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm, we will be hosting an Open House at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Shaw Lobby (101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, BC).

  • Documents
  • Details

    Home-Based Business Regulations Update Process:

    1. Reviewed current regulations, identified key issues, gaps and opportunities.
    2. Review home-based business regulations of several BC municipalities, identifying best regulatory practices.
    3. Formed a Home-Based Business Consultation Group (HBBCG), consisting of City staff, that interact with businesses on a regular basis. The HBBCG included staff from Economic Development, Business Licensing, Planning and Bylaw and Transportation divisions.
    4. Held meetings with HBBCG to gather suggestions and identify any issues or feedback shared by home-based businesses to date.
    5. Reviewed findings and relevant comments from the Home-Based Business Needs Assessment Survey in July 2018.
    6. Compiled and synthesized all research and updated the proposed new home-based business regulations.
    7. Held a meeting with the chairs of various Neighbourhood Associations and the Chamber of Commerce to solicit initial feedback.
    8. On December 4, we will be hosting an open house to obtain community wide feedback and input. A survey has been prepared to gain feedback from the information provided at the open house.  The survey will be available from December 4 - December 31 at the link above.
    9. Review findings and comments from the open house survey and prepare a report on the survey outcome to share with the public.
    10. Finalize the necessary changes to the Home-Based Business regulations.
    11. Meet with Council to adopt new regulations.
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