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All persons conducting home occupations shall register the home occupation with the town on forms provided by the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office.
(A) Home occupations. A home occupation shall be permitted when said occupation conducted on residentially used premises is considered customary and traditional, incidental to the principal use of the premises as a residence, and not construed as a business. Permitted home occupations shall not adversely affect the residential character of the district or interfere with the reasonable enjoyment of adjoining properties. Permitted home occupations shall be of a personal service nature limited to domestic crafts and professional service.
Table 7: Permitted Types of Home Occupations
Domestic crafts, dressmaking, millinery, sewing, weaving, tailoring, ironing, washing, custom home furnishings work, carpentry work, furniture repair, hair grooming.
Permitted uses, but limited to advice and consultation
Law, medicines, architecture, engineering, accounting, planning, real estate, insurance, notary public, manufacturer’s agent, clergy, writing, music, painting, photography, academic tutoring, outdoor instructional studio for one student at a time.
Real estate office, insurance office, clinic, doctor’s office dress shop, millinery shop, funeral home, bed and breakfast. Outdoor instructional studios for more than one student at a time, day care center, animal hospital, kennel, trailer rental and all uses associated with vehicles dealers, repair and services.
(1) The primary use of the primary structure or dwelling unit shall remain residential and the operator of the home occupation shall remain a resident in the dwelling unit.
(2) A home occupation and all activities and materials related to such occupation may be permitted in a single accessory structure; provided that, such structure is subordinate to the primary residence in terms of height, setback, area and bulk and compatible with the primary residence in terms of materials.
(3) The operator conducting the home occupation shall be the sole entrepreneur, and he or she shall not employ any other person other than a member of the immediate family residing in the residence and one non-family member.
(4) No structural additions, enlargements or exterior alterations changing the residential appearance to a business appearance shall be permitted.
(5) No more than 25% of the floor area of any one story of the dwelling unit shall be devoted to such home occupation.
(6) Outside storage of machinery, equipment or materials shall not be permitted.
(7) No additional and separate entrance incongruent with the residential structural design shall be constructed for the purpose of conducting the home occupation.
(8) No provision for more than two extra off-street parking or loading facilities, other than the requirements and permitted facilities of the zone district, shall be permitted. No part of a minimum required setback distance shall be used for off-street parking or lading facilities and no additional driveway to serve such home occupations shall be permitted.
(9) No display of goods or external evidence of the home occupation shall be permitted, except for signs in accordance with the sign section of this chapter.
(10) No stock in trade for commodities, other than those prepared, produced or created on the premises by the operator of the home occupation, shall be kept or sold on the premises.
(11) No electrical or mechanical equipment shall interfere with local radio communications and television reception, or cause fluctuation in line voltage off the premises.
(Ord. 2000-16, passed 8-28-2000, § 3.5)