Purpose and Restrictions
A home occupation is a way for a property owner to conduct a small-scale, non-residential activity in his/her home or workshop as a secondary use.
- Any need for parking generated by the conduct of such home occupation shall be met off the street
- Any outdoor display or storage of materials, goods, supplies, or equipment shall be prohibited
- No more than two people, other than the residents of the dwelling or immediate family members, shall be employed
- No traffic shall be generated by such home occupation in greater volumes than would normally be expected in a residential neighborhood
- Signage is limited to one on-site non-illuminated identification sign, not to exceed 4 square feet and 5 feet in height, and vehicular signs
- The generation of noise, vibrations, noxious odors, dust, heat, or glare detectable beyond any property line is prohibited
- The storage or use of hazardous materials of a type and amount that could create safety concerns or are not appropriate to dispose of in residential garbage or sewer systems is prohibited.
- There shall be no change to the residential appearance of the premises and the primary function of the occupation shall not be the sales or rentals of goods from the site. May occupy an area no greater than ¼ of the floor area of the residence. This applies whether occurring within the residence or in a detached structure. (For example, if your house is 1200 square feet, the area for a home occupation, whether in the house or in a workshop, cannot exceed 300 square feet.)
How to Apply
The property owner or authorized agent must fill out and submit a Home Occupation Application. Once reviewed, written authorization is sent to the applicant informing them that their proposed activity is either approved or not acceptable as a home occupation. If approved, then no other permits are necessary. All home occupations are subject to inspection and revocation of approval if there is reason to believe that the occupation has expanded or gone beyond what was approved.
If a property owner plans on building a new workshop to accommodate his/her home occupation, the property owner is responsible for obtaining a residential building permit, paying all fees, and meeting all site development standards.