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A. Purpose and Applicability. This Section provides locational, developmental, and operational standards for the conduct of home occupations. The provisions in this Section shall apply to home occupations where allowed in compliance with Article 2 (Zones, Allowable Uses, and Development and Design Standards) and the following standards.
B. Business Permit Required. The operator of the home occupation shall have first received a Business Permit issued in compliance with Municipal Code Chapter 5.08 (Business and Occupation Permits).
C. Compliance Required. All home occupations shall comply with the applicable locational, developmental, and operational standards identified in this Section.
D. City Standards. Each home occupation shall comply with all of the following standards.
1. Only the permanent resident(s) of the subject dwelling shall be employed on the premises in the conduct of a home occupation.
2. Except as provided for in Subparagraph 8., below, the home occupation shall be conducted within a dwelling and shall be clearly incidental to the use of the structure as a dwelling.
3. There shall be no direct on-site sale of products, either wholesale or retail.
4. Maintenance of associated tools and equipment shall take place out of public view and shall not be in violation of NPDES or the City’s Noise Ordinance standards, and not disrupt the residential neighborhood.
5. The use shall not generate pedestrian or vehicular visits or traffic beyond that determined by the Director to be normal for the zone or neighborhood in which it is located.
6. A list of the type, quantity, and concentration of all hazardous materials and hazardous substances, as defined by the California Health and Safety Code, utilized in conjunction with a home occupation shall be provided to the Fire Department and Building Department. No quantity or concentration of these materials beyond what is allowed by the Los Angeles Fire Code or Building Code for residential structures shall be allowed.
7. There shall be no signs related to the home occupation visible outside of the dwelling.
8. Not more than one room or the equivalent of 20 percent of the floor area of the entire dwelling unit, whichever is greater, shall be employed for the home occupation. Use of the garage or carport is allowed; provided, that all required vehicle storage is maintained in compliance with this Zoning Code (at least two parking spaces shall be continually maintained for parking purposes), and the garage doors shall be closed at all times when not in use.
9. The appearance of the dwelling or any accessory structure shall not be altered so that the dwelling may be reasonably recognized as serving a nonresidential use (either by color, construction, dust, hours of operation, materials, odors, lighting, noise, sounds, vibrations, etc. or that disturbs the peace). The existence of a home occupation shall not be apparent beyond the boundaries of the subject site.
10. There shall be no use of utilities or community facilities beyond that normal to the use of the property for residential purposes as defined in the zone.
11. Visitation and deliveries incidental to the home occupation shall be limited to the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays.
12. Only one vehicle, in addition to the other vehicles registered to the occupant(s), owned or leased by the operator of the home occupation, which does not exceed an unladen weight of 6,000 pounds may be used by the occupant(s) directly or indirectly in connection with a home occupation.
13. Other than that specified in Subparagraph 12., above, the home occupation shall not involve the use of commercial vehicles for delivery of materials to or from the premises in a manner different from normal residential usage, except for FedEx, UPS, or USPS-type home deliveries/pick-ups.
14. Trailers used in conjunction with the home occupation shall be stored within an entirely enclosed garage or in the side or rear setback area, behind a five to six-foot high solid fence or wall.
15. No waste receptacles contrary to those provided by the City’s waste franchisee for the subject residential property shall be maintained on the premises.
16. Only one home occupation may be allowed in any dwelling.
17. All home occupations shall be subject to an annual inspection to ensure compliance with the requirements of this Section.
18. All pre-existing home occupations shall conform to all applicable Zoning Code requirements before or upon renewal of the annual Business Permit.
19. All Cottage Food Operations (i.e., an enterprise at a private home where low-risk food products are prepared and/or packaged for sale to consumers), conducted as a home occupation, shall be operated in compliance with the applicable provisions of this Section and Government Code Section 51035. (Ord. 935 § 3 (part), 2015)