KENSINGTON — Town council is looking to crack down on home-based business operations that have not applied to the town for the necessary permits.
Kensington Deputy Mayor Rowan Caseley raised the issue at the May town council meeting following the approval of a home-based dog grooming operation in the town.
Cynthia Darrach applied to council to operate a dog grooming business from her home at 44 Sunset Drive.
Chief administrative officer Geoff Baker said Darrach’s application was in compliance with the town’s development control bylaw and recommended approval.
Following the vote, Caseley raised the issue of similar business operations which have not come to the city for approval.
“It’s good that we’re having people who want to run a home-based business to come forward and make application,” he said.
“I wonder if there’s any kind of an inventory of how many home-based businesses there are in the town that have not come forward? It’s not fair to the ones who comply. It’s not fair to the people who are paying the commercial rate.”
Baker said staff is in the process of pulling together an inventory.
Kensington Mayor Gordon Coffin said it could be difficult finding out if an individual does have a home-based business.
“They could be operating and we’d have no way of being aware,” he said.