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Is a permit required?
Yes, a development permit is required.
If your business mail comes to your home and/or administrative duties are conducted from your home, a home-based business development permit is required as per the Winnipeg Zoning By-law. Zoning and development permit approval is required prior to building permit application.
Yes, a building permit is required.
If you are operating a bed and breakfast, or a daycare with more than eight children, a building permit is required to confirm the building meets code requirements as per the Winnipeg Building By-law.
The zoning bylaw regulates home-based businesses by ensuring the character of a residential area is maintained and not impacted by noise, traffic or other activities associated with a commercial enterprise. A home-based business may be a full-time, part-time, or an occasional venture. Many types of home-based businesses, such as offices, are permitted under the zoning bylaw and a home-based business development permit is issued to establish the zoning use.
A home-based business that provides a personal service on the premises to serve customers (beauty salon, pet grooming. repair service, counselling services, etc.) and/or includes a maximum of two non-resident employees requires administrative conditional use approval, in addition to the home-based business development permit.
- Winnipeg Zoning By-law 200/2006 (for all areas of the city outside of the downtown boundaries)
- Winnipeg Downtown Zoning By-law 100/2004
Review the development and building permit process to help navigate application requirements.
- Home-based business development permit application form
- Home-based business (daycare) development permit application form
- Home-based business (bed and breakfast) development permit application form
Home-based business (major) conditional use (DCU “b”) application
Conditional use expiry terms
- First application: up to two years
- First renewal application: up to five years
- Additional renewals: up to 10 years
Once your development permit is approved, submit a building permit application. Refer to the application for documentation that must be included.
Note: It is the responsibility of the home-based business owner/operator to ensure they meet all the requirements set out by federal, provincial and City of Winnipeg acts, regulations and bylaws.
How to apply
Please ensure you have gathered all required documentation before applying.
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