Home Based Businesses

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 Did We Do This?

As an outcome of the Commercial & Industrial Strategy (2014) (PDF) Council directed staff to review the zoning regulations for home based businesses. The Implementation Plan (PDF) 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. From 2016 - 2018, the Home Based Business Task Force worked with City Staff to update the home based business regulations in Maple Ridge.

What Are the 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 were proposed, which include expanding:
  • Where one can operate a home based business;
  • How much residential space the home based business can use;
  • How many client visits are permitted per day;
  • How many clients can visit at one time;
  • How many employees can be employed by the home based business; and
  • What types of activities are permitted home based business uses.

Background Documents

The July 18, 2017 Council Workshop Report (PDF) outlines the above with possible new zoning regulations.

Following the September 2017 engagement opportunities, a summary report went to Council Workshop. The October 17, 2017 Council Workshop Report (PDF) summarizes the community consultation activities and feedback as well as provides a revised set of regulatory changes to the Zoning Bylaw for Council to consider. View the video archive of the October 17, 2017 Council Workshop.

At the October 17, 2017 meeting, Council carried the recommendation that the revised regulatory changes (now called Bylaw No. 7394-2017) be forwarded to the next Council meeting for consideration of first reading. First Reading was given to Bylaw No. 7394-2017 on October 24, 2017.

Bylaw No. 7394 – 2017 received Second Reading at the December 5th meeting and was forwarded to the January 23, 2018 Public Hearing. Following Public Hearing, the Bylaw was given Third Reading at the January 30, 2018 Regular Council Meeting. The recordings of the Public Hearing and Regular Council Meeting are available in the video archives.

Bylaw No. 7394-2017 received Final Reading and was adopted by Council on February 27, 2018. The meeting agenda and recordings are available in the video archives.

View the full text (PDF) of Maple Ridge Zone Amending Bylaw No. 7394-2017.

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 (PDF) are available online and the October 17, 2017 Council Workshop Report (PDF) summarizes the September 2017 engagement activities.

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, Women’s AM on September 14, 2017, Babes in Business on September 19, 2017 and at the networking event, hosted by the Home Based Business Task Force, on September 22, 2017. A community survey was available to gather resident feedback at all community events as well as online until October 2, 2017.

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 us an email.

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