§ 23-348. Home occupations.  

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  • A home occupation shall be allowed in any residence provided such home occupation shall be clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling as a residence, and provided there shall be no external appearance of commercial activity. Any person operating a home occupation is required to obtain local business tax receipt pursuant to chapter 19 of the Lake Wales Code of Ordinances.

    a. No person shall be employed in a home occupation who is not a permanent resident of the dwelling unit in which the home occupation exists.

    b. The floor area devoted to a home occupation shall not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the gross floor area of the dwelling unit excluding porches, garages, carports, and other areas which are not considered living area.

    c. There shall be no external evidence of the existence of a home occupation on the premises. Signs, displays, off-street parking areas other than driveways normally required for residential use, or other advertising of any kind are prohibited.

    d. No goods or services of any kind shall be sold or transferred to a customer, consumer or client on the premises of a home occupation except via facsimile machine, telephone and/or postal transactions No demonstration of products for sale will be permitted as part of a home occupation.

    e. A home occupation shall not create noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors, dust, smoke or electromagnetic disturbances. No equipment or processes shall be used which create visual or audible interference in any radio or television receiver located nearby. No chemicals or chemical equipment shall be used or stored, except those that are used for domestic or household purposes.

    f. The following shall not be permitted as home occupations: beauty shops, barbershops, band instrument or dance instruction, swimming instruction, studio for group instruction, public dining facility or tearoom, antique or gift shop, photographic studio, fortune telling or similar activity, outdoor repair, automotive work, food processing, retail sales, commercial kennel, nursery school, or kindergarten.

    g. Consultation with one (1) individual at a time or the giving of individual instruction, such as an art or piano teacher, to one (1) person at a time shall be deemed a home occupation. Group consultation or the giving of group instruction of any type shall be considered a business enterprise not eligible for consideration as a home occupation.

    h. Deliveries of any kind required by and made to the premises of a home occupation shall not exceed one (1) business delivery per day.

(Ord. No. 2006-47, § 3, 12-5-06; Ord. No. 2008-45, § 14, 12-16-08)