Home Occupation Information and Guidelines

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Home Occupation Regulations Permit Application Requirements

Requirements for a home-based business in the City of Raleigh

Home occupation rules and guidelines apply to home-based businesses that provide a service or product that is conducted wholly within a residential dwelling. A home occupation business must meet the below regulations as outlined in the City of Raleigh Unified Development Ordinance, Section 6.7.3.D.

Home Occupation Regulations

  1. No nonresident employees are allowed. Clients, customers, patients and visitors are not allowed to visit the premises.
  2. No display of goods, products, or services shall be visible from outside the dwelling.
  3. The home occupation shall not exceed 25% of the livable portion of the dwelling.
  4. No business storage or warehousing of material, supplies or equipment is permitted outdoors. Storage is permitted in the principal dwelling unit or a fully-enclosed accessory structure only.
  5. There must be no change in the outside appearance of the building or premises, or other visible evidence of the conduct of a home occupation.
  6. Home-Occupation uses must comply with all applicable City ordinances and regulations regarding the emission of noise. A home-occupation permit shall be revoked if a violation of a City noise ordinance is issued in association with the Home-Occupation use. If revoked, a new home-occupation permit cannot be issued for the premise for a period of 365 days.
  7. Only one vehicle used in connection with the home occupation shall be parked or stored on the premises; provided, however, the vehicle must not be a bus, truck, van, trailer or other vehicle over 6,000 lbs., as listed on the vehicle registration form, and no advertising or reference to the home occupation may be displayed on the vehicle in any manner.

Permit Application Requirements


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