Home Occupation Zoning Clearance

What is the process?

Step 1: Verify if Proposed Business is Allowed at a Location

Examples of home businesses include:  

Food Cottage Operation, Home Office and Personal Service, Handcraft (e.g. pottery, jewelry), Home Distributor, and Home Office for Off-site Business.

Verify the home occupation is allowed on the property:

Verify if Proposed Business is Allowed at a Given Location
(500 character limit)
Enter security code:
 Security code

Step 2: Wait for Response

Wait for Planning staff to reply to the business location verification request before continuing to Step 3.

Step 3: Initiate Application With County Tax Collector

Then initiate a business license application with the County Tax Collector.

Step 4: Apply for Home Occupation Zoning Clearance Online

Then apply for Home Occupation Zoning Clearance online.


1. Access the Citizen Self Service (CSS) Portal.  

4. Find the "Home Occupation Zoning Clearance"

5. Select "Apply" 

Step 5: Pay Invoice

Planning staff will email the applicant an invoice, which the applicant can pay online here*.

*Make sure to add INV to the invoice number (e.g. INV2021-01234), when searching for invoice online.

Step 6: Tax Collector Continues Processing

Once Planning staff approves the Zoning Clearance, the Tax Collector continues processing the application, which may require the approval of additional departments and/or agencies.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to anyone applying for a County home occupation business license that.

  • Proposes a new home occupation;
  • Change of location of an existing home occupation; or
  • Name change of an existing home occupation

Is there a charge for this service?

Please refer to the Department of Planning & Building Fee Schedule for application fees.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Frequently Asked Questions


Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services

Preview of Public Information and Permit Processing Online Services (CSS Portal)

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