Chapter 18.150


18.150.010    Purpose.

18.150.020    Definition.

18.150.030    Special requirements.

18.150.040    Prohibited uses.

18.150.050    Expiration and revocation.

18.150.060    Fee.

18.150.010 Purpose.

This chapter defines home occupations and prescribes the conditions under which such occupations shall be permitted. (Zoning ordinance Art. 5, § 10).

18.150.020 Definition.

A “home occupation” is a gainful occupation or profession conducted by persons residing on the premises and conducted entirely within the dwelling or its accessory buildings. In connection with a home occupation, no stock in trade shall be displayed outside, and no alteration to any building shall indicate from the exterior that the building is being utilized in whole or in part for any purpose other than a residential unit, including the utilization of a permitted accessory building. (Zoning ordinance Art. 5, § 10).

18.150.030 Special requirements.

Home occupation, where permitted, must meet the following special requirements:

(1) The applicant must be the owner of the property on which the home occupation is to be located, or must have written approval of the owner of the property if the applicant is a tenant.

(2) The home occupation shall be operated only by the persons residing on the premises and no article or service shall be sold or offered for sale except as may be produced by those residing on the premises.

(3) The home occupation, when restricted to the main building, shall not occupy more than 25 percent of the floor area within said building.

(4) The home occupation shall not generate excessive traffic or produce obnoxious odors, glare, noise, vibration, electrical disturbance, radioactivity, or other conditions detrimental to the character of the surrounding area, and in general, shall give no evidence of a nonresidential character of the use.

(5) Additional off-street parking shall be provided at the rate of one space for each 125 square feet of space devoted to the home occupation.

(6) The applicant for a home occupation shall present evidence that the Staunton fire department has approved the structure for the proposed use. (Zoning ordinance Art. 5, § 10).

18.150.040 Prohibited uses.

(1) Teaching, including tutoring, musical instruction, or dancing to more than one pupil at any given time.

(2) Dance instruction and band instrument in groups, tea rooms, real estate offices, convalescent homes, mortuary establishments, animal hospitals, and stores, trades, or businesses of any kind employing or managing or servicing to other individuals. (Zoning ordinance Art. 5, § 10).

18.150.050 Expiration and revocation.

A zoning permit for home occupations shall expire or be revoked under the following conditions:

(1) Whenever the applicant ceases to occupy the premises for which the home occupation permit was issued. No subsequent occupant of such premises shall engage in any home occupation until he shall have been issued a new permit after proper application.

(2) Whenever the holder of such a permit fails to exercise the same for any period of six consecutive months.

(3) Whenever the city council finds that the holder of the permit has violated the conditions of the permit or one or more of the special requirements identified in SCC 18.150.030. (Zoning ordinance Art. 5, § 10).

18.150.060 Fee.

The fee for application for a home occupation permit shall be as provided for under “zoning permit fee” in SCC 18.220.020. (Ord. 2010-06. Zoning ordinance Art. 5, § 10).