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A GUIDE TO DOING BUSINESS IN PERTH by gjjur4356

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									  A GUIDE TO
DOING BUSINESS
   IN PERTH
  The Corporation of the Town of Perth
  80 Gore St. East, Perth, ON K7H 1H9
         Phone: 613-267-3311
           Fax: 613-267-5635
          Web: www.perth.ca
                                INDEX

ITEM                                                                      PAGE

Lanark-North Leeds Enterprise Centre …………………………………………………………………… 3
Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre ………………………………………………………………… 3
New Business Info Line …………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Local GST and HST Information Office …………………………………………………………………… 3
Local Retail Sales Tax Office ………………………………………………………………………………….. 4
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) ……………………………………………… 4
When and How to Contact the Town of Perth ……………………………………………………….…. 4
Is a Building Permit Required? ……………………………………………………………………………. 4-5
What if you want to change a building’s use? …………………………………………………………… 5
Sign & Merchandise Display By-law ……………………………………………………………………….. 5
Business Identity Card Permit Policy ……………………………………………………………………… 5
Parking ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 5
Zoning Contact .……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6
Waste Management Information ……………………………………………………………………………. 6
Local Business Organizations:
The Downtown Heritage Perth BIA ……………………………………………………………………… 6-7
The Perth & District Chamber of Commerce ………………………………………………………… 7-8




        A Gore Street sidewalk view in summer – peak tourism season.




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   From the Lanark-North Leeds Enterprise Centre
Thank you for choosing Perth, Ontario to begin your business venture. For a complete
guideline to starting a business in Ontario, visit the Ministry of Economic Development
and Trade at: www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/smallbiz/en/sb_startbiz_en.jsp.

Lanark-North Leeds Enterprise Centre
Cindy James
91 Cornelia St. West
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 5L3
Phone: 613-283-7002 Ext. 108
Fax: 613-283-7005
Email: cjames@LNLenterprisecentre.ca
Website: www.LNLEC.ca

Call to discuss your business venture one-on-one with a qualified business counselor,
attend seminars or register your business name (can be done from any internet
connection online at www.serviceontario.ca).

Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre
Website: www.canadabusiness.ca/ontario

New Business Info Line
The Business Information Line is a collaboration between Service Ontario and Industry
Canada. The new toll free line will allow businesses in Ontario to contact different
government departments and ministries through a single telephone number:
1-888-745-8888 or TTY 1-800-268-7095

The new line combines the phone services offered by the Canada-Ontario Business
Service Centre (COBSC) as well as the phone services for business that are offered by
Service Ontario and other federal and provincial government organizations. This
approach enhances the business information previously available through the COBSC.
All incoming calls to the old COBSC phone numbers will be automatically redirected to
the new Business Info Line number.

Business owners, or those considering starting or growing a business can get information
on topics such as financing, managing employees, regulations, tax programs, permits
and licences, importing, exporting and more.

COBSC helps new and existing entrepreneurs by providing easy access to information on
Federal and Provincial business-related programs, services and regulations. The Call
Centre is open from 8:30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, excluding government holidays,
and can be accessed toll free in Ontario at 1-888-745-8888.

Local GST and HST Information Office
Ottawa District Office
333 Laurier Ave. West
Ottawa, ON K1A 0L9
English: 1-800-959-5525 or French: 1-800-959-7775
Website: www.cra.gc.ca



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Local Retail Sales Tax Office
1400 Blair Place, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K1J 9B8
Phone 613-746-9200 or 1-800-461-4909

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC)
Home based business owners will be required to have the portion of their home being
used for business purposes re-assessed for commercial use. Contact MPAC at 613-342-
3296.


      When and How to Contact the Town of Perth
Once you’ve established your business plan, you will need to find the perfect location to
set-up shop. You can do this by checking the For Sale/For Rent section of the local
newspapers, or you can check out a listing of available business space by logging onto the
Town of Perth’s website at www.perth.ca, and follow the links from Community Services,
to Community Development, to Properties for Sale/Lease. Here we keep a regularly
updated database of the different types of business space available according to
location/zoning.

If you are a property owner and would like to have your space included in this listing,
please give us a call with all the details and we will load it to our site as soon as possible.

If you are looking for industrial land, we have an information package available which
includes a lot plan and price list

If you would like to meet with a representative of the Town to discuss any Economic
Development initiative, including business or industry enquiries, please call the numbers
below:

Shellee Evans                                           Karen Fox
Community Services Director                             Community Dev. Coordinator
Town of Perth                                           Town of Perth
613-267-3311 Ext. 2227                                  613-267-3311 Ext. 2240
sevans@perth.ca                                         kfox@perth.ca

Now that you have your business space lined up, it’s best to check with the Town’s
Building Department regarding the following items.

Is a Building Permit Required?
Building Permits are typically required for new buildings; additions; renovations or
Change of Use; demolitions; prefabricated structures and temporary buildings;
plumbing systems (new, alterations and additions); HVAC systems (heating, ventilating
and air conditioning); pools (above and in-ground); removing and replacing roof
covering systems; and miscellaneous: residential fireplaces, woodstove installation, pool
enclosures, balconies, fences, decks, etc. Please call the Building Department for fee
structures for these types of permits.

Building Permits are not required for replacing windows, cabinets or bathroom fixtures
(when the frame opening, fixtures or locations are not changed); landscaping when not


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affecting entrance height, adjacent decks or stairs; pools less than 30 inches deep and
detached storage sheds less than 108 ft.2 (10m2).

What if you want to change a building’s use?
If you want to change the way you use all or part of the building, you may need a change
of use permit, even if you’re not planning any construction. A building evaluation may
have to be done to make sure that the existing building can support the proposed use.
Different uses have different Building Code requirements. For example, converting a
retail space into a restaurant or a warehouse into office space would constitute a change
of use. If you do require a change of use Permit, fees will apply.

Sign & Merchandise Display By-law
This Sign & Merchandise Display By-law is intended to regulate signs and merchandise
displays for controlling community appearance, safety and the impact upon areas or
buildings for their historical or architectural significance. A permit shall be obtained if
you intend to erect, display, repair, move or alter a sign.

Sandwich board signs and merchandise displays placed on Town property each require
an annual permit. The renewal date for each approval is not later than April 30th of each
year.

Application forms and a copy of the By-law can be picked up at Town Hall or are
available on the Town’s website: www.perth.ca. Please call us if you require additional
information.

Business Identity Card Permit Policy
Business owners and contractors can purchase an annual permit to allow extended
parking in legal parking spaces to recognize the needs of small business and respond to
their commercial activity requirements. Business operators can apply for a permit (fees
apply); a permit must be obtained for each vehicle and is non-transferrable. The
application form and a copy of the policy can be picked up at Town Hall or found on the
Town’s website.

Parking
The Town of Perth has in effect a Complimentary Parking Program which is provided by
the Town of Perth and the Downtown Heritage Perth BIA. Within the Downtown Perth
area, Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm, no person shall park a vehicle within the
complimentary area for more than two consecutive hours, or re-park within five hours of
the initial parking in the complimentary area. Parking in excess of the two-hour limit or
within the five hours is subject to a fine.

If you are going to be more than two hours, we encourage you to please park your vehicle
in one of the pay-and-display municipal lots. If you see a meter, feed a meter.

For information on the above, please contact:
Julia Conklin                                         Jim Connell
Building and Planning Plans Examiner                  Director, Protective Services
Town of Perth                                         Town of Perth
613-267-3311 Ext. 2232                                613-267-3311 Ext. 2226
jconklin@perth.ca                                     jconnell@perth.ca



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For Zoning information:                              For Parking Information:
Eric Cosens                                          Bylaw Enforcement Office
Senior Planner                                       Town of Perth
Town of Perth                                        613-267-3311 Ext. 2245
613-267-3311 Ext. 2235                               bylaw@perth.ca
ecosens@perth.ca


Waste Management Information
Downtown Perth is the focal point of the municipality and is renowned for its heritage
architecture. There is a strong emphasis on maintaining the cleanliness of the downtown
to ensure the best possible experience for the many thousands of people who shop, dine,
live or work in downtown Perth every day.

The Town’s Waste Management By-law governs when, where and how much waste can
be placed at the curb for collection. Bag tags are required for all waste set out for
collection. The Town also has a comprehensive recycling program, including blue box
(fibres), yellow box (containers) as well as a green bin (organics) program.

Details about the Town’s Waste Management Program can be obtained by visiting the
Town’s website at www.perth.ca or by calling the Town office at 613-267-3311 during
regular business hours. It is your responsibility to stay informed and follow the rules.


                   Local Business Organizations
The Downtown Heritage Perth BIA
The principal function of the BIA (Business Improvement Area) is to increase business
by improving the physical environment in downtown Perth through the development of
special events, beautification, promotion and advertising. The BIA provides a
mechanism for lobbying, organizing and financing programs that would not be available
to independent businesses by other means.

Mandate:“The Downtown Heritage Perth Business Improvement Area is an association
of business people joined together to promote mutual interests, increase sales and
profits, promote a more successful and active business environment, create a more
beautiful community and encourage a sense of civic pride.”

A Business Improvement Area, or BIA, is an association of business people and
landowners who have joined together to promote their mutual interests. A BIA is
established through a by-law passed by the municipal council at the request of the local
business community. A BIA covers a specific geographic area. In Perth, this area is the
downtown core and includes approximately 150 members.

The BIA is financed by a special levy on municipal taxes. Every property in the
designated area is automatically included in the membership and contributes to the
BIA’s budget. An individual levy is based on the overall property assessment of the
building and is sent to the property owner who can download it to business tenants
according to the terms of their lease. The levy is collected by the municipality from
landowners, but is administered by the BIA to implement its program of activities. The
BIA receives an annual grant from the Town of Perth to cover a portion of its operating
costs. Extra funds are raised through sponsorships to support festivals and special

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events. The BIA also charges participation fees for special meetings, some beautification
projects and co-op advertising campaigns in order to break even. An annual budget is
presented to members at the BIA Fall General Meeting.

Beautification is a primary focus of the Perth BIA. On-going projects include
landscaping, tree planting, hanging baskets and flower boxes, banners, Christmas
wreaths, lights, and signage. This work is carried out in conjunction with the Town’s
Community Services staff, who oversee on-street items such as maintenance, watering,
garbage collection, etc.

The downtown business district is a unique and vibrant area which the BIA aggressively
markets to tourists, residents and other businesses. The BIA advertises Perth as a town
of many festivals, live entertainment and heritage as well as a quality shopping and
dining destination. The Downtown Heritage Perth BIA promotes tourism in the
downtown core by organizing and promoting special events such as the Stewart Park
Festival, The Festival of Good Cheer and the Festival of Lights. The BIA participates in
the promotion of Perth to tourists via the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce and
the Lanark County Tourism Association.

The Downtown Heritage Perth BIA has a coordinator - a part-time, paid staff person who
is responsible for all marketing and advertising, representing the BIA on community
committees and for assisting the membership. The Coordinator supports the Board of
Directors and Chair.

Downtown Heritage Perth BIA
Heather Hansgen, Coordinator
34 Herriott St.
Perth, ON K7H 1T2
613-264-1190
Email: dhpbia@superaje.com
Website:


The Perth & District Chamber of Commerce
Perth’s Chamber of Commerce is the voice of commerce in the community. The Chamber
is an organization dedicated to fostering a strong economy and will partner with
government to resolve obstacles which affect the community’s economic health and
prosperity. The Chamber encourages membership for the benefit of the community, and
promotes economic development in the community by supporting tourism, industry and
business.

Membership in the Chamber of Commerce will provide you with one business listing on
the Chamber’s website; the right to display promotional materials at the Chamber office
and Barnabe’s YIG promotional area; a 5% discount in the annual Visitors’ Guide;
attendance at information seminars at discounted rates; personal and knowledgeable
referrals from Chamber staff; opportunity to participate in the annual trade show at the
Chamber’s AGM every March; opportunity to be featured as the Chamber’s Business of
the Month in the monthly newsletter; plus the added advantage of local networking
through many events held throughout the year. Some special events organized by the
Chamber of Commerce include the annual Festival of the Maples in April, and the annual
Golf Tournament in August.

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The Perth & District Chamber of Commerce
Carol Quattrocchi/Madeline Bouvier, Co-Managers
34 Herriott St.
Perth, ON K7H 1T2
613-267-3200
Email: welcome@perthchamber.com
Website: www.perthchamber.com




      34 Herriott Street – your local Chamber of Commerce and BIA office.




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