Home Occupation Permit
A home occupation or home based business may be permitted in any
residential zone, subject to a Home Occupation Permit (HOP). An
HOP may only be granted if the business is incidental and secondary
to the residential use. An HOP may be permitted when in compliance
with the following general conditions:
- Does not involve the use of power equipment using motors of
more than a total of one horsepower capacity or the equivalent;
- Does not create vehicular or pedestrian traffic in excess of
that which is normal for a residential use;
- Does not create a nuisance by reason of noise, dust, odor,
vibration, fumes, smoke, electrical interference or other causes;
- No display of products, merchandise, or any sign to identify
the home occupation. This includes exterior storage of materials;
- Only the residents of the dwelling unit may be engaged in the
- There shall be no sale of goods on the premises;
- The required residential off-street parking shall be maintained.
For single family homes, this requirement prohibits the conversion
of garages; and
- No vehicles or trailers (including pickup trucks and vans)
or construction or other equipment, except those normally incidental
to residential use, shall be kept on the site.
Please note that some locations may be subject to restrictions
imposed by Specific Plans, Community Plans or a Conditional Use
Permit. Please check the zoning regulations for your particular
property before applying for a permit.
The HOP shall be revoked by the planning director upon violation
of any requirement of the Zoning Ordinance (Title 19), or of any
conditions or limitation of any permit issued.
To Apply for a Home Occupation Permit, you will need both the Business License Application, and the Home
Occupation Permit application. These forms are also available
from the Building Division in the Public Services Building at 276
For more information on applying for business license, go to the
Business License Process Guide.
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