We have discussed the issue of zoning plenty of times before. However, with a recent spike in home-based business clients, we think it’s VERY important to talk about what zoning means for your home-based business.
Zoning laws determine what you can do and where you can do it. Each city has its own regulations that need to be reviewed and fully understood when it comes to running a business- including those that are home-based.
Do you want to run a daycare out of your home? Bakeshop? Design studio? Hair salon or barbershop? Are you a licensed therapist or a seamstress? These types of businesses and many more that produce outside visitors, involve the sale of retail goods, necessitate staff in the home that is not related to you and cause increased traffic, may not be allowed to operate where your home is located.
In some cases, upon request, the city or township you live in may grant an exception for you to be able to operate your business in your home if you can show certain factors. In some instances, you may not be able to operate the business at all! Ideally, you want to research zoning regulations before you start your business to ensure you will be in compliance. It only takes ONE perturbed neighbor to make a phone call to shut you down! If you are already operating, it’s best to address this issue immediately to avoid any unexpected surprises that may stop your business from running.
If you belong to a homeowners association or property owners association (or rent your home or condo from someone who does), then you may have another hurdle to jump over, outside of city regulations. There may be rules that speak specifically to home based-businesses. Make sure you do your due diligence!
There are also other potential legal issues that come into play with home-based businesses. One of the worst things you can do is assume that since you are operating in the comfort of your own home, you are exempt from certain rules!
Questions? Concerns? Don’t do this alone! Contact C&G Solutions today!
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