Home Occupations

Home Occupation Regulations

An occupation carried on in a dwelling unit by a resident thereof, provided that the use is limited inextent, incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling unit for residential purposes and doesnot change the character thereof.

Standards and conditions:

(a) A home occupation may include small offices, service establishments or homecrafts which aretypically considered accessory to a dwelling unit. Such home occupations shall involve only limitedretailing, by appointment only, associated with fine arts, crafts or personal services as allowed inthe B1 Local Business District.

(b) A home occupation shall not involve the conduct of a general retail or wholesale business, amanufacturing business, a commercial food service requiring a license, a limousine business orauto service or repair for any vehicles other than those registered to residents of the property, andshall not involve retailing except as noted in paragraph (a).

(c) A home occupation shall be carried on wholly within the main building. No home occupation

shall be allowed in detached accessory buildings or garages.

(d) All home occupation activities in dwelling units of less than four thousand (4,000) square feet oftotal living area, excluding a cellar and attic, shall be conducted by no more than two (2) persons,for one (1) of whom the dwelling unit shall be the principal residence. All home occupationactivities in dwelling units of four thousand (4,000) or more square feet of total living area,excluding a cellar and attic, shall be conducted by no more than three (3) persons, for one (1) ofwhom the dwelling unit shall be the principal residence.

(e) No structural alterations or enlargements shall be made to the dwelling for the primary purposeof conducting the home occupation.

(f) Service and teaching occupations shall serve no more than one party per employee at a timeand shall not serve groups or classes.

(g) There shall be no exterior storage of equipment, supplies or commercial vehicles associatedwith the home occupation, nor parking of more than one (1) business car, pick-up truck or smallvan, nor any additional vehicles except those for permitted employees identified under paragraph(d).

(h) There shall be no detriments to the residential character of the neighborhood due to noise,

odor, smoke, dust, gas, heat, glare, vibration, electrical interference, traffic congestion, number ofdeliveries, hours of operation or any other annoyance resulting from the home occupation.

(i) A home occupation may have an identification sign no larger than two (2) square feet in area,which shall not be located in a required yard.

(j) Home occupations for handicapped persons that do not meet these conditions may be reviewedby the board of zoning appeals, which may modify or waive requirements (a) through (g).

(k) For the purposes of this section , “principal residence” shall mean the dwelling where a personhas established a permanent home from which the person has no present intention of moving. A principal residence is not established if the person has only a temporary physical presence in the dwelling unit.

To Certify Home Occupation, please complete the Home Occupation Affidavit.

If you have questions about home occupations, call the Zoning Section of the Department of Safetyand Inspections at 651-266-9008.