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Home Businesses

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To retain the residential character of our neighborhoods, home businesses:

  • Must be subordinate to the home's residential use.
  • Cannot alter the exterior of the property.
  • Cannot be visible from the street.
  • Cannot affect the residential character of the neighborhood.

In addition, home businesses must comply with these conditions:

  • All material and equipment must be stored in an enclosed structure.
  • Only individuals who legally live in the home may be employed by the home business. (Exception: a licensed family day care may have one outside employee.)
  • Only equipment and materials which are normally found in a home may be used to operate the business.
  • No light or vibration can be discernable at the property line.
  • No more than one wall sign can identify the home occupation. (This sign cannot be illuminated and may only be two square feet or less.)
  • Only one room or no more than 10 percent of the floor area (whichever is greater) can be used for the home business.
  • The business cannot be operated in any attached or detached accessory building (i.e. garage, shed, etc.).

These businesses cannot be operated as a home occupation:

  • Auto body or vehicle painting
  • Motor vehicle sales and repair
  • Retail sales
  • Massage
  • Medical and dental services
  • Animal sale or handling (boarding, treatment or care for a fee)
  • Beauty or barbershops
  • Warehouse storage
  • Manufacturing or processing


For more information, contact Zoning Administrator Gary Morrison at 952.924.2592 or

Additional resources

Find more resources on our small business page.