Currently, a home-based business means one for administrative or craft purposes only and clients are not permitted at the premises. Individuals running such businesses, whether they are small scale craft-makers or professionals operating online, are required to pay a business license fee. In essence, a license fee is paid simply to be able to answer business calls from one's own home. In other words, it is a tax. It serves no useful purpose.
Also, it seems that a significant number of individuals use their homes for business purposes and have not purchased a business license. When a large segment of people are not complying with a bylaw, it raises the question of the legitimacy of and need for the bylaw.
This cost places an unnecessary financial burden on and deters small-scale businesses, start-ups and craft businesses. It should be eliminated.