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Home Occupations, Code Enforcement, City of Longmont

 

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15.06.050A - Display of signs—Permit required when
15.10.020 - Home Occupation - Definition
Home Occupation Affidavit

15.04.040.D.4 - Home Occupation - Additional criteria

 

Anyone conducting a business out of the home, (i.e. Home Occupation), is required to obtain a Home Occupation Permit and a Sales Tax Use License from the City of Longmont Tax Office. For information please call the City of Longmont Tax Office at (303) 651-8672.

A home occupation is a business, profession, occupation or trade conducted from a dwelling and that is located entirely within a dwelling or accessory structure such as a detached garage.

It is accessory, incidental and secondary to the use of the structure for dwelling purposes and does not change the essential residential impact, character or appearance of the dwelling.

It is the intent of the City of Longmont Municipal Code to regulate home occupations so the average resident of the neighborhood, under normal circumstances, will not be aware of their existence.

Additional off-street parking may need to be provided without changing the residential character of the premises. The use shall not create nuisances such as traffic, on-street parking, noise, vibration, odor, glare, fumes, electrical interference or hazards greater than that usually associated with residential uses.

A home occupation shall only be conducted by the inhabitants thereof and no other. A person who does not so reside within the dwelling cannot be employed in the home occupation.

The total area used shall not exceed one-half the first floor area of the user’s dwelling unit, this includes any area(s) used in an accessory structure.

One (1) wall sign not larger than one and one-half square feet may be attached onto the house.  A permit for this sign must be obtained prior to installation.  Please contact Building Inspection at (303) 651-8332 for information.

Substantial retailing or wholesaling of stocks, supplies or products is not permitted at the premises. Delivery of retail products to the consumer off the premises, such as in the course of a mail order business, is permitted.

Exterior storage of supplies or material is prohibited. Any chemically hazardous, explosive or combustible material within the dwelling or upon the exterior of the property is also prohibited.

Please note that any refuse generated, because of a Home Occupation will not be picked up by the City of Longmont Solid Waste Department. You will need to make arrangements for removal either yourself or with a private trash disposal service. Of course, household refuse will be picked up by the City solid waste service as usual.

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15.06.050A Display of signs—Permit required when

No sign shall be displayed in the city limits until a permit for it has been issued by the city unless it is exempt from a permit in accordance with this title. No permit shall be issued unless the applicant demonstrates that the proposed sign meets the requirements of this code. All face changes, except changeable copy signs, shall require a permit. Minimum submittal requirements and sign permit applications are available in the Building Inspection office (303) 651-8332.

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15.10.020 Home occupation - Definition

"Home occupation" means an accessory use of a dwelling unit (or of an accessory structure allowed on a residential lot) for gainful employment of the residents of the dwelling unit, which use does not change the essential residential character or appearance of the dwelling unit.

Home Occupation Affidavit

Click on the link to the file below to download the Home Occupation Affidavit. IMPORTANT: You MUST have the Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system prior to downloading the affidavit to be able to view these files.

Home Occupation Affidavit (Adobe pdf 33 KB)

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15.04.040.D.4 - Home Occupation - Additional Criteria

Home occupations. It is the intent of this subsection to regulate home occupations so that the average neighborhood resident, under normal circumstances, will not be aware of their existence. Home occupations must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Home occupations shall be conducted entirely within the principal structure or an accessory structure associated with the residential use (but not within an accessory dwelling unit), and shall be carried on by the inhabitants of the principal dwelling and no others. A person who does not reside within the principal dwelling cannot be employed in the home occupation.
  2. Home occupations shall be clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes and shall not change the residential character of the property.
  3. The total area used for a home occupation shall not exceed an area representing one-half (50 percent) of the first floor building area of the principal dwelling unit.
  4. There shall be no advertising or other display or indications of a home occupation, with the exception of signage permitted per chapter 15.06 (Signs), of this development code.
  5. There shall be no substantial retailing or wholesaling of stocks, supplies, or products conducted on the premises of a home occupation; however, delivery of retail products to the consumer off the premises, such as in the course of a mail order business, shall be permitted.
  6. There shall be not exterior storage on the premises of supplies or material used in the home occupation, nor of any chemically hazardous, explosive, or combustible material within the dwelling or upon the exterior of the property.
  7. A home occupation shall not render unusable off-street parking required for the dwelling per this development code. A home occupation shall provide additional off-street parking area adequate to accommodate all needs created by the home occupation, without changing the residential character of the premises. Home occupations shall provide adequate screening of off-street parking areas provided for the home occupation.
  8. A home occupation shall not generate or result in nuisances such as traffic, on-street parking, noise, vibration, odor, glare, fumes, electrical interference, or hazards greater than that usually associated with residential uses.

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Last Updated: 2/16/12

 

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