What is a home occupation?

A home occupation is a profession or other occupation not otherwise permitted in the district, which is conducted as an accessory use on a residential plot by one or more members of the family residing on the premises, and which in residential districts conforms to all conditions in section 21.23.070 of the Municipal Code (as follows):

  • The profession or other occupation shall be carried on wholly within the main building or not more than one-half of the floor area of the ground floor of the principal building is used for the occupation.
  • There shall be no exterior storage of materials and equipment, and no other exterior indication of such Home Occupation or variation from the residential character of the principal building.
  • There shall be no retail sales on the premises.
  • In particular, a home occupation includes, but is not limited to: 
    • Art studio
    • Dress-making
    • Teaching, with musical or dancing instruction limited to a single pupil at a time
    • Author
    • Artist
    • Musician or similar use
  • A home occupation shall not include:
    • Animal hospital
    • Automotive repair service
    • Barbershop
    • Beauty parlor
    • Restaurant
    • Tea room
    • Tavern or similar use
  • There shall be no signs identifying the business.

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1. What is a home occupation?
2. When is a Home Occupation Application required?
3. How do I apply for a Home Occupation Permit?