A Home Occupation is any occupation, trade, profession, or craft carried on by the occupant of a home that is secondary to the residential use of the building. Many people assume that their home occupation does not need a license, however according to the City of Camrose Bylaw, any activity run from a residence that generates income requires a license. Even if you sell crafts or provide professional services on a casual or hobby basis, you should obtain a license to operate.
Many suppliers give discounts to businesses if provided with a copy of a business license.
It is illegal to operate without one.
You are joining a community of home-based businesses.
Reasons for City Regulations
To track the economic development of the City
By nature, home occupations are difficult to monitor because of their low visibility. Licensing assists in tracking businesses, and ensuring they comply with municipal regulations.
We all want our neighborhoods to look like a residential community not a commercial district. Licensing allows the City to implement rules that protect the residential character while allowing opportunities for business development.