A. Purpose and Intent. The purpose of this section is to encourage those who are engaged in small commercial ventures which could not necessarily be sustained if it were necessary to lease commercial quarters or which, by the nature of the venture are appropriate in scale and impact to be operated within a residence. Home occupations are recognized for their contribution in reducing the number of vehicle trips often generated by conventional businesses. It is the intent of this chapter that home occupations not infringe upon the right of neighboring residents to enjoy the peaceful and safe occupancy of their homes.
B. Conduct of Home Occupation – Standards. Home occupations are permitted pursuant to the following standards. Where a home occupation use does not comply with one or more of the following requirements, the Staff Advisor may find the subject use is no longer permitted.
1. Appearance of Residence.
a. The home occupation shall be restricted to the dwelling unit, accessory structure, or yard area not visible from the public right-of-way and be conducted in such a manner as not to give an outward appearance of a business.
b. The home occupation shall not result in any structural alterations or additions to the dwelling or accessory structure that will change its primary use.
c. No display of products and or equipment produced or used by the home occupation may be displayed so as to be visible from outside the dwelling or accessory structure.
a. Outside storage, visible from the public right-of-way, or adjacent properties, is prohibited.
b. On-site storage of hazardous materials (including toxic, explosive, noxious, combustible or flammable) beyond that normally incidental to residential use is prohibited.
c. Storage of inventory or products and all other equipment, fixtures, and activities associated with the home occupation shall be allowed in the dwelling or accessory structure.
a. Other than family members residing within the dwelling located on the home occupation site, there shall be no more than one full time equivalent employee, and no more than one employee at any given time. As used in this chapter, the term "home occupation site" means the lot on which the home occupation is conducted.
b. Additional individuals may be employed by or associated with the home occupation, so long as they do not report to work at the home.
c. The home occupation site shall not be routinely used as a headquarters for the assembly of employees for instruction or other purposes, including dispatch to other locations.
4. Advertising and Signage. No signs shall be permitted on a home occupation site.
5. Automobiles, Parking, and Traffic.
a. One commercial automobile associated with the home occupation is allowed at the home occupation site. Such automobile shall be of a size that would not overhang into the public right-of-way when parked in the driveway or other location on the home occupation site.
b. There shall be no excessive commercial vehicle deliveries from or to the home occupation site. Excessive deliveries are defined as more than three per day, during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There shall be no commercial vehicle deliveries during the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
c. There shall be no more than one client or customer's automobile at any one time and no more than eight per day at the home occupation site.
6. Clients or customers are permitted at the home occupation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. only.
C. Prohibited Uses. The following uses are prohibited as home occupations.
1. Any activity that produces radio or television interference, noise, glare, vibration, smoke, or odor beyond allowable levels as determined by local, state, or federal standards.
2. Any activity involving on-site retail sales, except as allowed in the Historic District Overlay or items that are incidental to the occupational use, such as the sale of beauty products from salons, lesson books or sheet music for music teachers, or computer software for computer consultants.
3. Any of the following uses, and uses with similar objectionable impacts because of automobile traffic, noise, glare, odor, dust, smoke, or vibration.
a. Ambulance service.
b. Ammunition or firearm sales.
c. Ammunition reloading business.
d. Animal hospital, veterinary services, kennels, or animal boarding.
e. Auto and other vehicle repair, including auto painting.
f. Repair, reconditioning or storage of motorized vehicles, boats, recreational vehicles, or large equipment on-site.
g. Marijuana-related business.
D. Permit Required – Application.
1. No person shall conduct a home occupation without first obtaining a home occupation permit from the Planning Department and a valid business license as required under AMC title 6.
2. The home occupation permit shall include such information as is necessary to determine the location and type of business, and the manner in which it will be conducted. If the Staff Advisor finds that the proposed home occupation complies with the requirements of this chapter, the Staff Advisor shall issue a permit.
3. The home occupation permit is valid only to the person named on the permit and for the business to be conducted at the location stated on the permit. The permit is not transferable to another location or to another applicant.
4. Issuance of a home occupation permit under this chapter shall not relieve the applicant from the duty and responsibility to comply with all other rules, regulations, ordinances, or other laws governing the use of the premises and structures thereon, including, but not limited to, the specialty codes defined in AMC 15.04, the fire code standards defined in AMC 15.28, or any private restrictions relative to the property.
5. The Staff Advisor may visit and inspect the site of a home occupation permitted in this chapter periodically to insure compliance with all regulations and conditions to which the permit is subject, during normal business hours, and with reasonable notice.