Home Occupations

Home occupations are business activities that take place within a home by the resident occupant. In general, a home occupation is not apparent to a casual observer. Home occupations are permitted in all residential zoning districts and there is no need to obtain a permit. A home occupation must fit all of the criteria below. 

  • Resident occupants - Such occupations shall be conducted solely by resident occupants in their residence.
  • Limited floor area - That not more than one-fourth of the area of one floor of the residence shall be used for such purpose.
  • Residential character - No architectural feature that would distinguish the dwelling from a normal residence is allowed nor shall the use require internal or external alterations or involve construction features or the use of mechanical equipment not customary in dwellings.
  • Entrance - That the entrance to the space devoted to such use shall be from the dwelling.
  • Signs - Advertising signs are not permitted.
  • Traffic - The activity shall not generate abnormal traffic.

Examples of Home Occupations
Allowed Not Allowed
  •  Home Offices
  • Catering
  • Telecommuting
  • Crafting
  • Real Estate
  • Web-Based Business
  • Outside Sales Work
  • Babysitting (6 child maximum)
  •  Automotive Repair
  • Beauty or Barber Shops
  • Machine Shops
  • Retail Sales