Homeowners who run an out-of-home business will have fewer forms to fill out when it's time to renew licenses.

On Monday, October 29, town council held the first reading for a much-needed change when it comes to folks who run their own home businesses.

Previously, the Land Use Bylaw for Home Occupations had those who operated and owned a business out of their own homes renew their development permits on a yearly basis.  Now, after town council passed the first reading, Land Use Bylaw 10.08 is on the path to drop the annual re-submission/renewal for these types of business owners.

"There are two components if you're running a home-based business. You're required to get a development permit every year and you're also required to get a business license," explained Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "The business license won't change. Everyone who has a business is required to have a business license. What we are changing, within the first reading of the Bylaw, was to eliminate the need for an annual renewal of your development permits."

This coming change will only affect those that have a home occupation.

"The idea is that if you have an accounting practice in your house you get a development permit for the first time for it," the CAO continued. "And you don't need to come back on an annual basis and apply for a (development) permit unless you decide you want to change the type of business that you have or change your location. Stuff like that."

The next steps are for a town council to proceed in second and third readings, as well as a possible public consultation before this Land Use Bylaw amendment can pass.

"It puts you on equal footing with someone who has a retail store," informed Drohomerski. "Whether it's a small business or a large building. They don't come on an annual basis to actually have to renew their development permits."

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