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A. Purpose. It is the purpose of this section to outline general conditions in which home occupations may be permitted in all zoning districts. These conditions have been designed to help preserve the residential character of the town’s neighborhoods from commercial encroachment while recognizing that certain selected business activities are compatible with residential uses.

B. Home Occupations Permitted. Home occupations, which meet the requirements of this section, are permitted in every zone where a dwelling unit was lawfully established. The requirements of this section shall not apply to the following home occupations:

1. Home childcare.

2. The sale of agricultural products produced on the premises.

C. Development Standards. All dwelling units in which a home occupation is located must meet the following minimum development standards:

1. The residential character of the exterior of the building shall be maintained.

2. The outdoor storage or display of materials, goods, products or equipment is prohibited.

3. A home occupation shall not occupy more than 300 square feet.

4. The sign regulations of Chapter 17.06 SPMC shall apply.

D. Performance Standards. All home occupations must meet the following minimum performance standards:

1. Employees: A home occupation may not employ on the premises more than one person who is not a resident of the dwelling unit.

2. Traffic: The traffic generated by a home occupation shall be limited to four two-way client-related trips per day and shall not create a need for additional on-site or off-site parking spaces.

3. Sale of goods and services: The sale of goods and services from a home occupation shall be to one customer at a time, by appointment only, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday only.

4. Electrical or mechanical equipment usage: The use of electrical or mechanical equipment that would change the fire rating of the structure or create visual or audible interference in radio or television receivers or electronic equipment or cause fluctuations in line voltage outside the dwelling unit is prohibited.

5. Utility demand: Utility demand for sewer, water, electricity, garbage or natural gas shall not exceed normal residential levels.

6. Other criteria: There shall be no noise, vibration, smoke, dust, odors, heat, glare or other conditions produced as a result of the home occupation which would exceed that normally produced by a single residence, or which would create a disturbing or objectionable condition in the neighborhood.

E. Permit Required. A zoning permit is required as provided in Chapter 17.10 SPMC.

F. Business License Required. A permitted home occupation must obtain a business license as issued under Chapter 5.05 SPMC prior to commencing the business activity covered by the permit. [Ord. 606 § 3 (Exh. B), 2021; Ord. 378 § 2 (Exh. 1), 1999.]