Home Occupation

The following home occupation standards are intended to permit the establishment of certain incidental and accessory home occupation uses in residential neighborhoods under conditions that will ensure their compatibility with the residential character of the neighborhood. They are intended to permit residents to engage in home occupations that are compatible with residential land uses and to ensure that home occupations do not adversely affect the integrity of residential areas.

Accordingly, a home occupation shall be allowed as an accessory use, subject to the following conditions:

1. Use. The home occupation must be clearly incidental and secondary to the primary residential use of the premises as a dwelling. No more than twenty-five (25%) percent of the total floor area of the principal building, not including garage or basement space, shall be used for the home occupation. If more than one home occupation is operated within the premises, the combined total floor area shall meet this standard. No accessory buildings shall be used in conjunction with a home occupation. No outside storage of any kind related to the home occupation shall be permitted.

2. Change to Exterior. The home occupation must not change the outside appearance of the principal building or provide any visible exterior evidence of the home occupation. No building addition shall be permitted solely for the purpose of accommodating the occupation, and no separate street-side entrance shall be permitted for the exclusive use of the home occupation.

3. Signs. Exterior signage for the home occupation shall be prohibited.

4. Employees. The home occupation shall be conducted only by family members residing on the premises with no assistance from other individuals or groups.

5. Hours of Operation. A home occupation may attract business-related traffic only between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

6. Vehicles. The home occupation shall not utilize more than one private commercial vehicle limited to ¾ ton capacity.

7. Traffic, Parking, Sewerage and Water. The home occupation must not generate pedestrian or vehicular traffic, parking, sewerage or water use in excess of what is normal in the residential neighborhood.

8. Deliveries. Deliveries of materials to and from the premises in conjunction with the home occupation shall not require the use of vehicles other than parcel post or similar parcel service vehicles.

9. Nuisances and Hazards. The home occupation shall not create noise, dust, dirt, heat, smoke, odor, vibration, electrical interference, glare, light, or radio or television transmission interference that exceeds the levels normally associated with single-family dwellings or any such other nuisance. The home occupation shall not create any hazard to person or property. The production, dumping or storage of combustible, toxic or other hazardous substances shall be expressly prohibited on the site.

10. Licenses. The home occupation and its operator(s) shall have all licenses/permits mandated by any applicable local, state and/or federal laws.