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post #1 of 15
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I know this has been asked over and over.. but I just can't seem to find the right information I need, so I apologize in advance for asking it again...

I've heard so many different things about the laws and the rules about a home-based business, but NOTHING about Ontario (London area specifically)
Do any of you know where I can find this information, or who I have to contact to get this information?

If any of you could help me, I would really, REALLY appreciate it!
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Thanks!!!
post #2 of 15
I contacted my local health board and city hall. They will tell you all the rules for your area. In my area there is a difference between a home bakery and a home business selling baked goods, so make sure you specify what you want to do. Every city in Ontario makes there own rules tho, so you'll have to make the calls.
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post #3 of 15
My town said I could have the business out of my home but York region said I needed to have a separate kitchen. I called the town back and they said second kitchens aren't allowed just go ahead and do it out of my kitchen against the Region. Needless to say, after a ton of calls back and forth between the two, baking out of my home is illegal.

Just be prepared to have everything presented to you as clear as mud.

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post #4 of 15
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Thank you both!! icon_smile.gif
I'll call around to the city and see what I can find out. I'm prepared for the clear as mud answers.. lol!
post #5 of 15
I think after talking to some cakers in London you are not able to run a baking business out of your home.

Just call the city, I would also ask the Health dept. just to come out to your house and walk over everthing with you.

In 2008 the city of Hamilton said that home based business didn't need a fire inspection anymore. It was a good move as it used to cost $300+.

I know that there are people on here from London area. Hope they see the post,
post #6 of 15
Hi there! I'm from Oshawa, and we are allowed to have a home based business, but we have to have a separate kitchen and all that good stuff - 3 compartment sink, separate entrance, hand sink, washable surfaces, etc..

I know people keep saying that everywhere in Ontario has different rules, but i haven't seen anyone from Ontario yet that hasn't been allowed to have a home business, so long as they have a separate kitchen and go through the proper legal channels. I know that there probably is places in Ontario that it isn't possible, I'm just saying I havent seen anyone mention it yet.
post #7 of 15
I'm in Ajax and I started by calling the City of Ajax. I believe I was transferred to the Dept of Health but I'm not sure. I was told I needed to speak to the inspector for my area to get my questions answered.

I was told that I technically don't a separate kitchen but need a two compartment sink + a separate hand washing sink. I also need a separate refrigerator and freezer as well as separate storage for dry goods, equipment from home storage. Definitely no pets in the house. And I would need proof that my area was zoned for a home business. For that I have to contact the city zoning department and if it is, I need a letter stating that my area is zoned appropriately.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by pmarks0

I'm in Ajax and I started by calling the City of Ajax. I believe I was transferred to the Dept of Health but I'm not sure. I was told I needed to speak to the inspector for my area to get my questions answered.

I was told that I technically don't a separate kitchen but need a two compartment sink + a separate hand washing sink. I also need a separate refrigerator and freezer as well as separate storage for dry goods, equipment from home storage. Definitely no pets in the house. And I would need proof that my area was zoned for a home business. For that I have to contact the city zoning department and if it is, I need a letter stating that my area is zoned appropriately.



Hmmm.. Pmarks, first of all, Hi neighbour! icon_biggrin.gif
Second, this is really interesting.. In Oshawa, as far as i've been told you need a second kitchen, but i can't see why Ajax would be so different then Oshawa. I am going to call my health department again tonight to see if I can get a different answer! LOL.
As for the Zoning, after speaking to the zoning office, i've been told that it's fairly easy to have the zoning changed as long as you're not in a subdivision. I'm planning on moving in the summer, and we are going to be looking for a house that's on a main road so that i can easily have the zoning changed to allow my home bakery.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by cakification

[...this is really interesting.. In Oshawa, as far as i've been told you need a second kitchen, but i can't see why Ajax would be so different then Oshawa. .



I've discovered that each city or town is different in the way they handle things. Even though we're both part of Durham, we are in different cities, so you could have different requirements that I do.

My calls were just preliminary to see what would be involved to become legal. I'm no where ready to do so, but at least I know what needs to be done. I'd prefer to have a separate kitchen, in fact, I'd rather use a converted garage for the business when I get the opportunity. But for now, I just bake for friends and family.
post #10 of 15
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Great-- Its so difficult to get a clear answer because everywhere is different..
But, thank you all for your replies-- I'll do some research and see what I come up with.
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post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by cakification

Hi there! I'm from Oshawa, and we are allowed to have a home based business, but we have to have a separate kitchen and all that good stuff - 3 compartment sink, separate entrance, hand sink, washable surfaces, etc..

I know people keep saying that everywhere in Ontario has different rules, but i haven't seen anyone from Ontario yet that hasn't been allowed to have a home business, so long as they have a separate kitchen and go through the proper legal channels. I know that there probably is places in Ontario that it isn't possible, I'm just saying I havent seen anyone mention it yet.



I actually don't have to have a separate kitchen. If I wan't to run a home business, I can use my kitchen. If I wan't a bakery license, than I have to have a separate kitchen.
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post #12 of 15
I have been told that you cannot have a cake business out of your house in London. I live in London so if you ever want to chat sometime let me know.
post #13 of 15
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@ cashley
Thank you! icon_smile.gif Do you happen to know about the rules then for baking in a commercial kitchen? For example at a church?
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Originally Posted by trouble44

@ cashley
Thank you! icon_smile.gif Do you happen to know about the rules then for baking in a commercial kitchen? For example at a church?



I know that the church have to have a license to bake but I have also heard that most churchs around here will not let you bake there due to liability on them. You could use their kitchen but you will have to be licensed too and with insurance ect. Don't know if it would be worth your while as you would probably have to bring your supplies in and out of the facilities.
post #15 of 15
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Yeah, I knew I would have to lug my stuff around, which isn't that big of a deal.. but I'll definitely have to look into the license and insurance to really find out if its all worth it.
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