Chapter 17.65


17.65.010    Purpose.

17.65.020    Applicability.

17.65.030    Prohibited Uses.

17.65.040    Regulations.

17.65.010 Purpose.

It is the purpose of this chapter to establish standards for businesses that are operated out of a home, which have characteristics and performance requirements that are not covered by the property development requirements of the zones. All home occupations shall be subject to approval of a home occupation permit and shall comply with the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 13-8 § 4 (Exh. A), 6/11/13; Ord. 20-10 § 6, 12/8/20)

17.65.020 Applicability.

The following is a list of uses subject to the approval of a home occupation permit within the City:

A.    Telecommuting.

B.    Business and professional offices, excluding medical, dental, and similar uses that involve regular patient visits to the site; provided, that no retail sales transactions are made on the premises and that no employees, customers, or clients visit the site except as specifically allowed by this section. Typical examples of such general business office activities include research, report writing, bookkeeping, sending and receiving of mail, telephone calls, electronic facsimile communications and electronic communications by computer.

C.    Instruction in academia, music, voice, art, dance, or other similar activities with no more than five (5) pupils receiving instruction at any given time and no more than two (2) vehicles incidental to the home instruction.

D.    Activities associated with the work of artists, sculptors, authors and composers.

E.    Activities associated with the work of dressmakers, seamstresses, and tailors.

F.    Home crafts, such as model making, rug weaving, quilting and needlework, and wood working, limited to the uses of tools and equipment commonly available for personal residential use.

G.    Home-based direct sales distributions businesses in which sales, merchandise distribution, and product demonstrations are conducted either off site or by telephone, mail, or other electronic communication.

H.    Other uses as determined by the Director. (Ord. 13-8 § 4 (Exhs. A, E), 6/11/13; Ord. 15-11 § 5 (Exh. A), 12/8/15; Ord. 20-10 § 6, 12/8/20)

17.65.030 Prohibited Uses.

The following businesses shall not be operated out of a home and shall not be permitted by home occupation permits: alcohol sales, food preparation (not including home-based cottage food operations), firearm and ammunition sales and services, on-site massage therapists, hairdressers, retail sales, vehicle storage, vehicle sales and vehicle repair, vehicle dispatch (taxis, towing, etc.), furniture or cabinet making, commercial kennels, commercial stables, breeding facilities, forensic testing, the sale, cultivation, manufacturing, testing, and delivery of cannabis or products containing cannabis, and adult businesses. (Ord. 13-8 § 4 (Exh. A), 6/11/13; Ord. 15-11 § 5 (Exh. A), 12/8/15; Ord. 18-3 § 2, 4/10/18; Ord. 20-10 § 6, 12/8/20)

17.65.040 Regulations.

Subject to approval of a home occupation permit, all home occupation businesses shall conform to the following requirements:

A.    There shall be no more than one (1) home occupation permitted for each dwelling unit.

B.    There shall be no exterior storage of materials in the conduct of a home occupation.

C.    A home occupation shall be conducted entirely within a dwelling. Materials and goods incidental to the home occupation shall not be stored, and no permanent work area, work bench or structure shall be built, within either required ten (10) foot by twenty (20) foot garage parking area.

D.    No exterior alterations of the dwellings shall be made which would change the residential character of the home to accommodate the home occupation.

E.    Electrical or mechanical equipment which creates visible or audible interference in radio or television receivers or causes fluctuations in line voltage outside the dwelling unit shall be prohibited.

F.    Only the residents of the dwelling unit may be engaged in the home occupation.

G.    There shall be no sale of goods on the premises.

H.    The establishment and conduct of a home occupation shall not change the principal character or use of the dwelling unit involved.

I.    No signs shall be permitted for home-based businesses.

J.    The required residential off-street parking shall be maintained.

K.    A home occupation shall not create vehicular or pedestrian traffic in excess of that which is normal for the zone in which it is located.

L.    No vehicles or trailers (including pick-up trucks and vans) or construction or other equipment, except those normally incidental to residential use, shall be kept on the site.

M.    Vehicle or engine repair shall not be permitted as a home occupation.

N.    Visitation and deliveries incidental to the home occupation shall be limited to the hours of seven a.m. to seven p.m. Monday through Friday, eight a.m. to six p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and shall not be permitted on holidays.

O.    Businesses that incorporate food preparation, firearm sales and alcohol sales are not permitted in residential zones and are not permitted by home occupation permits.

P.    The home-based business shall cease, and the home occupation permit shall become null and void, when the use becomes detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare, or constitutes a nuisance, or when the use is in violation of any statute, ordinance, law or regulation.

Q.    Additional conditions may be applied as deemed necessary by the Director. (Ord. 13-8 § 4 (Exh. A), 6/11/13; Ord. 15-11 § 5 (Exh. A), 12/8/15)