Home Occupations
March 23, 2018

In this fast-paced world of changing jobs and work situations, have you ever considered being your own boss?  If you have the entrepreneurial spirit and would like to work for yourself, you may be the type of person that would be interested in setting up a home occupation.

There are a variety of businesses that you can run out of your home.  Many people think of home occupations as being limited to professions such as dentists, lawyers, barbers and people operating beauty salons.  However, there are many other types of businesses that can be operated in your personal residence.  Consider how computers and other technology can turn your home into a “first class” office.

Your next questions are; is this legal in my municipality?  This is where Daley Zucker can be helpful.  Before you find yourself in a situation where you are acting unlawfully with a home-based business, contact the attorneys at Daley Zucker to assist you with matters dealing with local zoning.  We can review your local ordinance before you invest in your new business.

Many municipalities allow home occupations, but you may need to get a “special exception” through your Zoning Hearing Board.  This is a fairly simple process, but it will require a hearing, so it is important that you be prepared.  Most municipalities will be concerned about whether or not your home-based business has an impact on your neighbors.  This is a balancing test that is well suited for Zoning Hearing Board consideration.  Since these situations are fact-specific, you should seek an attorney’s help in developing your case.  It may be important to be aware of issues related to parking in your neighborhood and the types of vehicles that may service your business.  You may need to explain how frequently your customers or clients will be at your house.

Additionally, you may need to consider issues about deliveries to and from your home and the types of vehicles that are allowed in your neighborhood.  These are just some of the issues that you should be aware of before committing time and money to a home-based business.

If you might be interested in establishing a home occupation, please feel free to contact Daley Zucker Meilton and Miner at (717) 724-9821 for more information.

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