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The following requirements apply to Limited Home Businesses:
a) No one other than those persons residing on the premises shall be engaged in the business activity.
b) Where such uses are proposed for rental properties, the operator of the proposed business shall provide the City with written evidence showing that the property owner has given permission for the proposed use to be operated. It is suggested that the operator and owner both consult with their insurers to determine if such operations require additional insurance coverage.
c) There shall be no change in the outside appearance of the building or premises indicating that a business activity is taking place at the property. There shall be no signage placed on the building or anywhere on the property indicating the business activity.
d) The operation of the business must be conducted entirely within the main residential structure and may not be conducted outside the structure in the lawn, driveway or in any accessory building or structure. There may be no storage of equipment or vehicles at the property which are related to the business, except that (1) licensed motor vehicle per household occupant using the vehicle may be parked in the driveway. Such vehicles shall not be parked in the front, side or rear yards, nor shall they be parked on an adjacent public street.
e) The operation shall not generate customers, clients or other individuals coming to the home and shall not generate an unreasonable quantity of traffic compared to what would normally be seen on the street.
f) Persons or other entities operating a Limited Home Business should obtain written approval from the City of Kent Community Development Department noting that the proposed use has been reviewed and approved as a Limited Home Business. In order to gain this approval, the operator of the proposed Limited Home Business shall provide the City with a written letter addressing subsections a) through e) above as well as any supporting documentation required. The proposed use shall be fully described including anticipated hours of operation and the extent to which the operation will utilize space within the home. Upon a finding that the proposed use is consistent with the provisions for a Limited Home Business, the Community Development Department will issue a letter of approval. The Community Development Department may request additional information as needed to make a final determination of approval, if necessary. The Community Development Department may deny any request which it believes to be noncompliant with the provisions for a Limited Home Business and state the reasons for denial.
(Ord. 2011-15. Passed 03-16-11)