If you think you can simply start any home-based business without Uncle Sam’s approval, think again. Making the assumption that you can start a home-based business freely can be one of your worst mistakes. Learn why you need to obey zoning laws, and how the government makes the determination that you have violated zoning laws.
According to the government website Business.gov,, zoning codes typically have a number of restrictions on home based businesses.
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Physical Changes and Visibility. Zoning codes often
- Prohibit exterior physical changes to the home for the purposes of conducting business
- Prohibit outside business activities, storage, or displays, and/or
- Restrict or prohibit signage or commercial vehicles
Traffic. Most zoning codes:
- Restrict the numbers of visitors to a home-based business,
- Restrict the number of employees working in the home or prohibit employees altogether, and/or
- Restrict business parking or require that additional parking be provided.
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External Effects. Most zoning codes:
- Restrict or prohibit nuisance impacts (e.g., noise, odors, glare), and/or
- Prohibit use or storage of hazardous materials.
- Business Activities. Many zoning codes prohibit certain types of businesses in residential areas.
Also read the article “Starting a Home Business: Why You Need to Check Area Rules”