G r e e n s b or o , N o r t h
P.O. Box 3136
300 W. Washington St.
City of Greensboro
Occupations P l a n n i n g D e p a r t m e n t ’s
Many Greensboro residents
Guide to Zoning
operate a full-time or part-time Regulations for Home
business from their residence. These Occupations
businesses are called Home
Home occupations must comply with
all development regulations; this
guide is intended to explain how
zoning regulations affect home
According to the City of Greensboro
Development Ordinance, the
Definition of a Home Occupation is:
"Any use conducted entirely within a
dwelling and carried on by the
occupants thereof, which use is
incidental and secondary to the use
of the dwelling for residential
purposes and does not change the
character thereof. " Greensboro,
WORKING WITH THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT’S ZONING REGULATIONS FOR
HOME OCCUPATIONS (INCLUDING RENTING OF ROOMS)
WHERE ALLOWED 4. Except in connection with child day care homes, 9. Use or storage of any explosive material in
In the City of Greensboro, home occupations are no person may be employed who is not an conjunction with the home occupation is prohib-
allowed in the following zoning districts: AG, all occupant of the dwelling, except in the TN1 ited.
residential, TN1, GO-M, GO-H, NB, and CB District where the home occupation falls into the
Districts. category of Artisans and Crafts, in which case COMPLIANCE WITH OTHER REGULATIONS
one apprentice who is not an occupant of the All home occupations shall comply with all applica-
MAXIMUM AREA dwelling unit may be employed and work ble Federal, State, and local regulations.
Area set aside for the home occupation shall on-site. In all other zoning districts where home
occupy no more than twenty-five percent (25%) occupations are permitted and except for child SIGNAGE ALLOWED
of the gross floor area of the dwelling unit. day care homes, persons who are not occupants One identification sign is allowed per building not
OUTSIDE STORAGE of the dwelling may be employed in connection larger than four (4) square feet in area and it must
No outside storage or display of items associated with the home occupation provided they: be mounted flat to the front wall of the building.
with the home occupation is permitted.
a) do not work at or on the site of the PARKING REQUIREMENTS
OPERATION dwelling; Minimum one (1) off-street parking space, maxi-
1. The home occupation shall be conducted b) do not report to work at or near the mum three (3) spaces in addition to required resi-
entirely within a dwelling unit exclusive of a dwelling; dential spaces.
garage or carport, with the exception of c) do not go by the dwelling to pick up
home occupations consisting of artisans and orders, supplies, or other items related
crafts in the TN1 District, which may occur to the home occupation;
within a garage or other enclosed accessory d) do not report to the dwelling for pay;
building. The home occupation shall be and,
clearly incidental and secondary to the use e) do not associate with the dwelling in
of the dwelling unit for residential purposes any manner which could be interpreted
and shall not change the outward as part of a normal employer or
appearance of the residence. Home employee relationship.
occupations are not permitted in a detached 5. Instructions in music, dancing, art, or similar
garage or in any other accessory structure, subjects shall be limited to no more than five (5)
except as noted above. students at one time.
2. Permitted home occupations include, but are 6. Activities shall not generate traffic, parking,
not limited to: typing services, telephone noise, etc., beyond what normally occurs in the
sales, barber or beauty services, district in which it is located.
doctor/dentist offices, architects, accountants, 7. One (1) commercial vehicle, not longer than 30
feet in length, is allowed in conjunction with the CITY OF GREENSBORO
child day care homes, food catering, and
300 W. Washington St.
handcrafting. home occupation.
P.O. Box 3136
3. Only handmade items, foodstuffs, and crafts 8. No delivery of supplies and/or materials used Greensboro, North Carolina 27402-
made in the dwelling unit may be offered for in connection with the home occupation may be
sale on the premises. No goods, products, or made by any commercial vehicle to the Tel: 336-373-2144
commodities brought into the dwelling unit for dwelling, however, the receipt of supplies or Fax: 336-412-6315
purposes of resale shall be sold on the materials is permitted if such items are not used Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
premises. in connection with the home occupation.