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  • Questions to Ask to Determine
    if a Home Occupation is Allowed



    These questions are simply a guide. They are not a substitute for the regulations. (Any "no" answers to the questions below mean that you would not have a permitted home occupation.)


    1.
    Is your property in a Residential District? (Other regulations apply to non-residential districts.)
    2.
    Will this be the place where you live?
    3.
    Will your work activities clearly be incidental to this being your home and not interfere with the conduct other household activities?
    4.
    Will your work area, including storage space, be limited to no more than 25% of the interior (habitable space) of your home and not involve any exterior space or other parts of the property (garages, etc.)?
    5.
    Will you be maintaining your home so it still looks like a dwelling and has no visible signs or displays or other evidence of business activity being conducted?
    6.
    Will everyone who frequents your home and engages in your work be a member of your household? (If you are handicapped, there is provision for an outside assistant.
    7.
    Will you be limiting your work to paperwork and the results of mental efforts and, if you make things, to craft items, art work, or individualized, custom-made articles, where none of the things is mass or assembly-line produced and none require the use of industrial equipment?
    8.
    If you repair anything for -profit, will you be limiting your repairs strictly to household items ( including paintings and books) which you can easily move without the aid of a dolly or other moving devices, and will you be picking these items up and delivering them back to the customer, rather than having them delivered to and retrieved from your home?
    9.
    If you plan to sell anything on-premises, will you be limiting the sales to items that you individually custom make for the purchaser, and will the sales clearly be incidental to bulk of the time you spend making the items and doing other work related activities? (Off-premises sales by telephone, mail, etc., as distinct form on-premises sales, are not restricted.)
    10.
    Except for the mail and use of you own personal passenger vehicle, will deliveries of products, materials, or other items to your work be restricted to daytime hours and not be more than three times a week, and will all deliveries to or from your work be limited to vehicles with cargo capacities no greater than one ton.
    11.
    Will the only vehicles used in connection with your work be the personal passenger vehicles of the members of your household?
    12.
    Are you sure that you will not be engaged in any of the specifically prohibited activities on the list below?


    PROHIBITED USES
    1.
    Mass production of goods or assembly line fabrication;
    2.
    Repair or alteration of internal combustion engines, lawn and garden equipment, motor vehicles or parts thereof, boats or other transportation equipment, or any other non-household goods;
    3.
    Contracting services for paving, construction, heating, plumbing, electrical work, or work related to the maintenance of real property (including lawn care and snow removal), except where use of the premises for the home occupation is strictly limited to office functions (i.e., telephoning, drawing up contracts, billing, bookkeeping, etc.);
    4.
    Livery and taxi services;
    5.
    Restaurant activities; catering involving food preparation on the premises of the home occupation;
    6.
    Veterinary services, kennels, animal grooming, animal breeding, butchering, taxidermy, or other activities involving live or dead animals;
    7.
    Mortuary services;
    8.
    On-premises medical or health care treatment, physical therapy, and services involving gyms or equipment for exercise or physical treatment;
    9.
    On-premises counseling or rehabilitation services for mental, drug, alcohol, marital, or personal or social problems;
    10.
    Personal grooming, barbering, hairstyling, or other cosmetic services, laundering or dry-cleaning;
    11.
    On-premises sales promotions or training activities;
    12.
    Studio work involving on-premises customer sittings or posing;
    13.
    On-premises parapsychological services (astrologers, palm readers, etc.);
    14.
    Escort and on-premises personal entertainment services.
 
       
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