CVRD News: CVRD Confirms Home Occupation Use

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Electoral Areas Service Committee on Monday, March 6 confirmed the use of a Home Occupation for a property within Electoral Area C. The Committee’s confirmation will now be forwarded to the Ministry of Forests for next steps.

In 2017, the Province issued a water licence to the owners of a Sackville Road property to “divert and use water for industrial (fresh water bottling) purpose” that authorized the extraction of 10 m³/day (to a maximum of 3650m3 per year) of groundwater from a property on Sackville Road in Merville. Following an unsuccessful application in 2018 to amend the Zoning Bylaw to allow “water bottling” on the property, the applicant applied to the Province to amend their water extraction license (no. 500169). The Province referred the revised license amendment to the CVRD for comment. The applicant is proposing treatment and two storage tanks with a drive-thru dispensing unit. The home occupation use does not permit water bottling.

The CVRD Zoning Bylaw permits the on-site treatment, storage, transport, and sale of bulk water as a home occupation use, excluding water bottling. CVRD staff will continue to work with the applicant in accordance with the zoning provisions of the home occupation use.

To learn more about Zoning Bylaw 520 and the Home Occupation regulations visit section 305 of the Bylaw available at

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities operating on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of the land. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on providing sustainable services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

Media Contact:

Ton Trieu
Manager of Planning Services