Home Based Business Update

What’s happening?

The City of Maple Ridge is in the process of updating its home based business regulations.

What is a home based business?

Home based businesses are where a home owner or resident carries on a commercial enterprise in their home.

Why are we doing this?

As an outcome of the Commercial & Industrial Strategy (2014) Council directed staff to review the zoning regulations for home based businesses. The Implementation Plan for the Strategy included a recommendation to expand permitted uses for home based businesses with an aim to promote the City as “home based business friendly”. The intent was to modernize and improve regulations to better support home based businesses while balancing the needs of the neighbourhoods where home businesses are located.

Recognizing the importance of home based businesses to our local economy, a Home Based Business Task Force was established by the Economic Development Committee. Since the summer of 2016, the Home Based Business Task Force has been working with City Staff to support home based businesses in Maple Ridge.

What are the proposed updates?

Presented to Council in July 2017, the proposed updates were developed in collaboration between the Planning, Economic Development and Bylaw & Licencing Services Departments with input from the Home Based Business Task Force.

A number of new directions are being proposed, which include expanding:
  • The type of activities permitted; 
  • How lot size relates to home based business size; 
  • The number of employees allowed in a home based business; as well as 
  • The number of daily visits that can be accommodated in a home based business. 
The July 18, 2017 Council Workshop Report outlines the above with possible new zoning regulations.

September 2017 Engagement Opportunities

For more information and to share feedback about the proposed updates on the home based business regulations, a public open house took place at the Maple Ridge Library on the evening of September 13, 2017.  A copy of the September 13, 2017 Open House Information Boards are available online.

City staff were also available to answer questions on the proposed home based business updates at the Haney Farmers Market on Saturday September 9, 2017.

The Home Based Business Task Force hosted a meet & mingle event for local residents that may own or plan to operate a home based business at The Well on Friday September 22, 2017.

A community survey to gather resident feedback was available online until October 2, 2017.
The October 17, 2017 Council Workshop Report summarizes the September 2017 engagement activities.

Want to stay in touch?

Updates on the Home Based Business Update will be provided online as well as via email. If you wish to be included on the Home Based Business Email List, please send to the email here. 

Check back regularly for information about the Home Based Business Update.