Choosing a location for your business is not easy. Some people can operate from their homes and that is enough for their business, some people need a brick-and-mortar location for their customers to visit or space for a shop to make their products. Whatever your business requirements, it is important to select a good location.
Within the boundaries of the City of Cornwall, Cornwall city bylaws apply, the same for the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne which sits south of Cornwall. Outside of Cornwall are the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry which have created a unified zoning by-law code under which all the counties fall under.
When operating a business at home, it is important to know the bylaws for your specific area. While some counties take a more laid-back approach to their residents operating businesses from their homes, other counties in SD & G have their own set of bylaws governing the running of home-based businesses in their areas, in addition to those imposed under the SD & G zoning bylaws.
Resources for Local By-Laws Related to Home Businesses:
The City of Cornwall has a comprehensive list of by-laws available to search right on their website.
North Dundas allows for Home Occupation (Home-based Business) if it adheres to SD & G zoning by-laws.
South Dundas allows for Home Occupation (Home-based Business) as long as it adheres to SD & G zoning by-laws.
North Stormont allows for Home Occupation (Home-based Business) as long as it adheres to their relevant by-laws and SD & G zoning by-laws. (See PDF)
The Township of South Stormont does not have a business licensing program or business registration. However, South Stormont does have a list of by-laws for home-based commercial businesses, as well as follow all SD & G zoning bylaws. (See Document)
North Glengarry allows for Home Occupation (Home-based Business) as long as it adheres to SD & G zoning by-laws.
The Township of South Glengarry does not have any by-laws specific to businesses/home-based businesses. For additional information about the zoning by-law, contact the South Glengarry Planner Joanne Haley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne does not fall under the United Counties, thus they have their bylaws which govern businesses in their area.
Resources for Location Research:
The Government of Ontario has created a guide to assist you in learning about commercial leases, conflict resolution, and ending a commercial tenancy.
Choose Cornwall has a listing of commercial properties available in Cornwall complete with pictures of the properties and information on the listings.
The Commercial Tenancies Act is the law that governs commercial tenancies in Ontario. It is a good idea to read up on the laws so that you know your rights and responsibilities as a commercial tenant.
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