RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The city of Raleigh is making it easier for entrepreneurs to obtain permits to operate businesses out of their homes.
The city approved a new zoning law that went into effect in early September 2022 that removes a special use permit from the city’s Board of Adjustment for a home-based business. Business owners now only need a city staff-issued permit, as long as they meet the guidelines, which cuts down on the time and money needed to put up a now-open sign at home.
The guidelines include limited business hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and no more than five customers visiting home-based businesses at a time.
At least one person must occupy the related principal structure or related accessory dwelling unit as their primary place of residence.
Certain types of home-based businesses are permitted, including offices, dance, martial arts studios, music studios, sports academies, hair salons, clothing manufacturing, graphic design shops, repair shops and tattoo parlors.
Small business owner, Pelvia Lee, who makes handmade soaps and natural products from home with her business Joan’s Natural Sugah, said easing the permitting process is a good step to help entrepreneurs like her grow their businesses.
“It helped me to be able to stock my product and mail it,” Lee explained of working from home. “I can do it from home with online sales which is great.
Also, the rent is so high now that it gives me the opportunity to be able to sell and not pay the high rent,” Lee added.
During the permit process, neighbors must be notified when someone applies to open a business in their home.
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