Planning Department Carolina 27402-3136 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 Home 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 Occupations. Home occupations must comply with all development regulations; this guide is intended to explain how zoning regulations affect home occupations. 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, North Carolina 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.
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