Chapter 19.270
HOME OCCUPATIONS1

Sections:

19.270.010    Application.

19.270.020    Purpose.

19.270.030    Home occupation.

19.270.050    Accessory structure.

19.270.010 Application.

The regulations of this chapter apply to every residential use within the city.

(Ord. No. 91-87, § 12(115.65(1)), 2-5-91; Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.65(1)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-1066.)

19.270.020 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to allow commercial occupations incidental to residential uses to be located in residences while providing protection to all residents from excessive noise, excessive traffic, nuisance, fire hazard and other possible effects of commercial uses being conducted in residential areas.

(Ord. No. 91-87, § 12(115.65(2)), 2-5-91; Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.65(2)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-1067.)

19.270.030 Home occupation.

(1) A home occupation is permitted if it meets all of the following requirements:

(a) The dwelling unit in which the business is located must be the primary residence of the business owner.

(b) The business must be carried on by a family member(s) who resides in the dwelling unit.

(c) The use must have no outside storage, exterior indication, or outside activity.

(d) The use must not involve those heavy equipment, power tools, or power sources which are not common to a residential use.

(e) The use must not involve any pickups or deliveries by commercial vehicles over 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) as defined in RCW 46.25.010.

(f) The use must not include more than four persons per day coming to the subject property for goods or services.

(g) The use must not create any noise, dust, glare, vibration, odor, smoke, or other impact adverse to a residential area.

(2) A home occupation which does not meet the requirements of subsection (1) of this section may be approved using process III, if:

(a) It will not harm the character of the surrounding neighborhood;

(b) It will not include outdoor storage or operation of machinery, commercial vehicles, building materials, or tools which will be visible or audible from or have an effect on other properties; and

(c) It does not create a condition which injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, or safety of persons.

(Ord. No. 09-605, § 3(Exh. A), 3-3-09; Ord. No. 00-375, § 21, 2000; Ord. No. 91-87, § 12(115.65(3)), 2-5-91; Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.65(3)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-1068.)

19.270.050 Accessory structure.

Structures, other than the dwelling unit, used to house or support the home occupation may not exceed 1,000 square feet in area.

(Ord. No. 90-43, § 2(115.65(3)), 2-27-90. Code 2001 § 22-1070.)


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Cross references: Licenses and business regulations, FWRC Title 12; business registration fee for home occupations, FWRC 12.05.090; animals, Chapter 19.260 FWRC.