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Home Based Business

In Otonabee-South Monaghan you are permitted to operate a home occupation or home based industry. The building and planning staff are happy to discuss business plans with you to confirm that the property is zoned appropriately for your planned venture.

Home Industry

The zoning by-law defines a home industry as a small scale commercial or industrial establishment that operates entirely within a separate accessory building on the same lot as the home of the proprietor.


  • The owner/occupant must operate the business and have a maximum of three employees
  • Must be in an agricultural, rural, or rural residential zone
  • Must be on a minimum lot size of 0.3 hectares
  • Must operate in one accessory building with a maximum size of 100 metres squared in a rural residential zone or 250 metres squared in an agricultural or rural zone
  • Must screen the building from the road and neighbors
  • Must have onsite parking 

Permitted Home Industries:

  • Carpentry shop
  • Metal/welding shop
  • Electrical shop
  • Plumbing shop
  • Small engine repair
  • Landscaping business
  • Nursery greenhouse
  • Bus-truck parking and maintenance facility

Home Occupation

The zoning by-law defines a home occupation as a business conducted for gain or profit within a dwelling by a person residing therein.                                                                                 


  • Permitted in any zone where a dwelling is a permitted use
  • Must not exceed 25% of the gross floor area, up to a maximum of 50 square metres
  • Must not change the residential character of the lot
  • Must not create a public nuisance through noise, traffic, fumes, etc. 



Permitted Home Occupations:

  • Professional trades person
  • Art/photography studio
  • Dress maker
  • Seamstress
  • Hairstylist/barber
  • art/music teacher
  • Home daycare following requirements under the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA)

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