Operating a Business
By-laws for Businesses
There are several municipal by-laws to ensure business owners operate a legitimate business and maintain their property or building. Understanding by-laws helps owners recognize their responsibilities & avoid consequences for violations.
Business Licence By-law
Most businesses must have a licence to operate legally. This by-law protects public health & safety and ensures consistency for owners & customers.
Building Permit By-law
Any owner wishing to change their business from one use to another, modify an existing building or build a new building must get building permit.
Cooling Tower Registry By-law
Every business owner must register their cooling towers with Public Health Services, have a Risk Management Plan & maintain a log book for each tower.
Food Handler Certification By-law
All high & medium risk food premises in Hamilton are required to have at least one certified food handler at the premise who supervises.
Noise Control By-law
People cannot make or allow others to make an unreasonable noise or a noise that will disturb Hamilton residents.
Property Standards By-law
Every property owner must look after the property according to the standards set out by the City of Hamilton to protect occupants & public.
Sewer Use By-law
Sewer discharge guidelines for commercial, industrial, institutional & residential users that discharge wastewater to the city’s sewer works.
Regulates all outdoor signs & advertising space to ensure that signs are not a safety hazard, such as interfering with traffic visibility.
Snow off Sidewalks By-law
Owners or occupants must remove all snow/ice from sidewalks, roofs & eaves of buildings that overhang the road or sidewalk within 24 hours of storm.
Vacant Building Registry By-law
Every owner of a vacant building has to register the building with the City of Hamilton.
Yard Maintenance By-law
Business owner or occupant must keep their property clean of waste, graffiti and ensure grass/weeds do not exceed 20 cm (8 inches) in height.
July 18, 2022