Home Occupation Home Business

To operate an office or home business Washington County requires home owners to apply for a Home Occupation as Washington County does not issue business licenses.  

The Current Planning Division reviews requests for Home Occupations to ensure that home in which the proposed business is located functions as a home, and does not change the overall character of the neighborhood.

There are four types of home occupations:

Exempt Home Occupations:

  • Operate entirely within the home (cannot operate in a detached building such as a shop or detached garage) 
  • Phone order and Internet sales only
  • Cannot have employees other than the family members residing in the home
  • Cannot create extra parking spaces
  • No customers allowed to visit the home

Type I Home Occupations:

  • Operate entirely within the home (cannot operate in a detached building such as a shop or detached garage) 
  • Phone order and Internet sales only
  • Cannot have employees other than the family members residing in the home
  • Cannot create extra parking spaces
  • Are limited to 5 or less customers visits per day

Type II Home Occupations:

  • Operate within the home or a detached building such as a shop or detached garage within the property
  • Have limited retail sales from the home
  • Have one employee form out side of the family living within the home
  • Extra parking spaces would be allowed to be created
  • Are limited to  9 or less customers visits per day

Type III Home Occupation can:

  • Operate within the home or a detached building such as a shop or detached garage within the property
  • Have limited retail sales from the home
  • Have one employee form out side of the family living within the home
  • Extra parking spaces would be allowed to be created
  • Are limited to 9 or less customers visits per day
  • Allow for limited storage in back yard, front yard, or side yard of the home
  • Allow for a vehicle without weight limits, for example; a truck that requires a commercial drivers license, to be stored on the property
  • Type III Home Occupations can only be approved in the AF-5 and AF10 Zones

Approved Home Occupations must be reviewed and renewed every year.  Renewals usually require a Type II application procedure.

Costs for a Home Occupation application can be found on the Fee Information page.

Check either the Type I Home Occupation Form or the Type II Home Occupation Form for more information about the requirements for Home Occupations.