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Requirements for Home-Based Businesses

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Chapter 80 of the City of Weston Code of Ordinances governs home-based businesses, titled Home Occupations. The Code permits home occupations in all residential zoning districts with the following restrictions:

  • A local business tax receipt is a requirement. This applies even where a regular local business tax receipt has been issued for the same business and to the same applicant at another location within or outside the boundaries of the City.

  • It must be secondary to the use of the dwelling for residential purposes: and shall not change the character of the dwelling.

  • No person(s) other than individuals residing in the dwelling shall be engaged in the business.

  • No employees or independent contractors of any type shall be permitted at the residence at any time in connection with the home occupation.

  • There shall be no display of goods, machinery, equipment or any performance of work visible or audible from any street or adjoining property.

  • There shall be no retail sales, repair, manufacturing or the storage of merchandise on the premises.

  • You may not have any sign identifying or providing information regarding the home occupation.

  • A home occupation may not generate excessive vehicular or pedestrian traffic to the residence.

  • Consultation with one individual at a time or providing individual instruction to one person at a time, shall be deemed a home occupation.

  • Group consultation or the giving of group instruction of any type shall be considered to be a business enterprise, not eligible for consideration as a home occupation.

  • No home occupation shall occupy more than 25% of the total floor area of the home, exclusive of any attached garage or open porch.

  • The residential address can only be used for receiving mail and not for any advertising purposes (e.g.. business cards, website or stationery)

In addition, the City's Code and Business Tax Receipts. Chapter 40.04 (A)(3) states any person shall be presumed to be engaged in business in the City and responsible for paying a business tax when that person utilizes a residential property as a location for an address for business correspondence.

Click here to learn how to obtain a Business Tax Receipt in the City of Weston.