Home Occupation Permit

If you will be operating the business from your residence, you will need to complete a Home Occupation Permit Form (PDF) requesting authorization to operate a business in a residential zone.

Application & Approval Process

Applications are reviewed for proper compliance and approved, if appropriate, by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. Once approved and required fees are paid, a license is issued and you may conduct business in the City. A "Business License Certificate" will be mailed after the license is processed.


There is a one-time fee of $25 for the permit.


If you are not the owner of the residence, you will need to ask the owner or property manager to sign the application giving permission to use the residence as a business location.

Exception for Hardship

The Planning Commission may grant an exception to the strict application of the above requirements when the applicant is able to show that there is a hardship upon the applicant which warrants such an exception. 

In such cases the applicant must prove that the activity for which the permit is requested is one that is light, clean, free from noise, and will have no adverse effect upon the residential character of the neighborhood. All such applications shall be granted by a use permit and shall be subject to annual review. (Ord. 441 N.S. (part), 1979).

General Performance Standards

In addition to the above regulations, Section 21.21.040 sets, for all land uses, general performance standards, which govern noise, electromagnetic interference, vibration, smoke, odors, dust fumes and other nuisances.