Chapter 17.96


17.96.010    Administration.

17.96.020    Applications for home occupations.

17.96.030    Home occupation approval requirements.

17.96.040    Structural and operational requirements.

17.96.050    Appeals.

17.96.010 Administration.

Prior to the city issuing a business license for a home occupation, the proposed land use shall be approved by the director of community development and a home occupation permit issued. Home occupation permits are processed as Type I-ADM decisions. They are approved administratively by the director and may be appealed to the hearing examiner. (Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.96.020 Applications for home occupations.

Application for a home occupation permit shall be made on forms provided by the community development services department. A complete application includes the submittal of a fully completed application form together with any other items listed on the application form as being required including payment of any applicable application fees. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.96.030 Home occupation approval requirements.

Home occupations shall comply with the requirements listed in BMC 17.96.040. The director may attach conditions to the approval for the purpose of promoting compliance with the requirements of this section. (Ord. 2728 § 2 (Exh. A), 2009; Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.96.040 Structural and operational requirements.

A. No person other than members of the family residing on the premises shall be engaged in such occupation.

B. The use of the dwelling unit for the home occupation shall be clearly incidental and subordinate to its use for residential purposes by its occupants, and not more than 25 percent of the floor area of the dwelling unit shall be used in the conduct of the home occupation.

C. No traffic shall be generated by such home occupation in greater volumes than would normally be expected in a residential neighborhood.

D. No equipment or process shall be used in such home occupation which creates noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors or electrical interference detectable to the normal senses off the lot, if the occupation is conducted in other than a single-family residence. In the case of electrical interference, no equipment or process shall be used which creates visual or audible interference in any radio or television receivers off the premises, or causes fluctuations in line-voltage off the premises.

E. There shall be no exterior modification of the building in order to accommodate the occupation, nor shall there be any outward manifestation of the occupation. The primary use of the premises shall be residential, and at no time shall the home occupation be the predominant use.

F. Once a home occupation permit has been issued, it shall not be transferable to another person or to a location other than stated in the permit, nor shall the specified conditions be changed. (Ord. 2554 § 3, 2003)

17.96.050 Appeals.

Appeals of a final decision shall be submitted pursuant to BMC 17.06.180, Appeals. (Ord. 2673 § 2, 2007)