Home Occupation Standards

Relationship to Primary Use

Each home occupation shall be clearly incidental and subordinate to the use of the dwelling and site for residential purposes. The home occupation may be conducted in the primary dwelling or an accessory structure on the subject property provided that the area does not exceed 20% or 400 square feet of the habitable floor area of the primary dwelling, whichever is greater. No parking space required for the dwelling shall be used for any home occupation activity.


A home occupation shall have no on-site employees other than full-time residents of the dwelling.


The use shall not require any exterior modification to the structure not customarily found in a dwelling, nor shall the home occupation activity be visible from a public right-of-way, or from neighboring residential properties.

Off-Site Effects

There shall be no mechanical equipment or operation used which creates or makes dust, odor, vibration or other effects detectable at the property line. Each home occupation shall comply with the city's Noise Ordinance.

On-Site Sales

There shall be no products sold on the premises except artist originals or products individually made to order on the premises. Articles that are not artist originals or individually made-to-order may be produced on-site, using equipment normally found in a residence, provided that these products shall only be sold off-site.

Traffic & Vehicles

The use shall not generate pedestrian or vehicular traffic beyond that which is normal in a residential district nor in any case require the parking of more than 2 additional vehicles at any one time. No motor vehicle that is used or kept on the premises in conjunction with the home occupation shall exceed 2 axles or a length of 20 feet.

Client & Customer Visits

The home occupation shall be operated so as to not require more than 2 business visitors per hour, not to exceed a total of 8 business visitors per day, only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.; except that in the case of tutoring or instruction (e.g., academic subjects, arts and crafts, music, swimming, etc.), a maximum of 4 clients are allowed on the site at the same time, subject to the limitations of this section on the total number of clients per day.


The home occupation shall not involve the use of commercial vehicles for delivery of materials to or from the premises in a manner different from normal residential usage, except for FedEx, UPS, or USPS-type home pick-ups and deliveries.

Hazardous Materials

The storage of hazardous materials shall be limited to below the threshold established by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District which do not require any special permits or licenses.


A home occupation shall be limited to a single wall-mounted, non-illuminated sign, not to exceed a maximum of 1 square foot.


The director may establish reasonable conditions on the operation any home occupation if necessary to meet the intent of this section. Conditions shall be attached to the business license for the home occupation as provided in Municipal Code Section 22-77.