Home Based Business Update

What’s happening?

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

Public Hearing is scheduled for January 23, 2018 and the agenda is available online. 

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:
  • 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.
The July 18, 2017 Council Workshop Report 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 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. The video archive of the October 17, 2017 Council Workshop is available here.

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.  The full text of draft Maple Ridge Zone Amending Bylaw No. 7394-2017 is available here.

Bylaw No. 7394 – 2017, as amended, received Second Reading at the December 5th meeting and has been forwarded to Public Hearing. The report is available here and a recording of the meeting is available here – the Home Based Business piece begins at 1h 11 minutes. The full text of draft Maple Ridge Zone Amending Bylaw No. 7394-2017, as amended, is available here.

The Public Hearing is the opportunity for anyone who feels affected by a particular Bylaw to be heard before Council on matters contained in the Bylaw. The next Public Hearing is scheduled for January 23, 2018. The Public Hearing begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in Council Chambers. The agenda is available online. 

Interested members of the community may submit their comments in writing (sent to Clerk's Department email or by post to the below address and marked to the attention of the City Clerk) up to 4 p.m. on the day of the Public Hearing, or speak at the Public Hearing. Submissions for the Public Hearing received by 4 p.m. on the day of the Public Hearing are circulated to Mayor & Council in advance of the meeting.

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 and the October 17, 2017 Council Workshop Report 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.