To sell artwork from a home-based studio in Whistler a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) is required. This permit ensures that artistic businesses meet the same kinds of regulatory requirements as other businesses in the community. It also opens unique economic and exposure opportunities.
When do I need a Temporary Use Permit?
Artists and artisans who wish to sell their work directly from an eligible home-based studio require a Temporary Use Permit (TUP). A TUP is not required for home-based studios, if the public is not invited to purchase work from the studio.
Arts Whistler provides support for home-based studios, including marketing support and a reimbursement program for TUP fees. Visit Arts Whistler’s webpage for more information on these programs.
Involvement in the program provides the opportunity to connect meaningfully with people who are interested in the art. The RMOW and Arts Whistler worked together the commercial galleries across the community to ensure that all partners involved in growing the cultural sector of the economy were working collaboratively and in the best interests of local artists. This program is one of the many action recommended in Whistler's Cultural Plan and the RMOW Cultural Tourism Development Strategy.
How do I know if my studio is eligible for a TUP?
Only home-based studios producing artwork or artisan crafts are eligible for a TUP to sell goods from the home. Other home-based businesses wishing to sell retail goods are not eligible.
- Before applying, applicants must receive confirmation from Arts Whistler that the work they are proposing to sell constitutes artwork or artisan crafts. (See application process below.)
- Home-based studios must have an existing business licence. If your studio does not have an existing business licence, visit Business Licence Application Information to apply.
Follow the two steps below to apply for a Temporary Use Permit (TUP):
1. Have Arts Whistler review your work: Your TUP application to the RMOW must include a letter from Arts Whistler confirming that the works you intend to sell are art or artisan crafts. This process is administered exclusively by Arts Whistler. For more information visit artswhistler.com.
2. Submit the Temporary Use Permit application and fees to the RMOW. Fill out and sign a TUP application form, making sure to include your Arts Whistler letter and the required application fee.
TUP applications are approved by the General Manager of Resort Experience. Final consideration of a complete TUP application will typically take between three to four weeks.
The fee for a TUP is $600 for three years. The fee is payable when you submit your application to the RMOW and can be paid in a lump sum or in instalments. Installments are payable as follows:
- A $200 installment is payable when your TUP application is submitted to the RMOW.
- A $200 installment is payable one year from the date of issuance of your TUP.
- A final $200 installment is payable two years from the date of issuance of your TUP.
For your TUP to remain valid, fee instalments must be paid by their due date.
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