Q: What do I need to do to start a home-based business?
Home-based businesses are subject to the same business licensing laws as off-site businesses, but they are also licensed by St. Charles Parish via a Home Occupation Permit
.Below is the section of the St. Charles Parish Code of Ordinances that deals with home occupation:Section XXII. Regulations for home occupations.
is the intent of this section to regulate home occupations in
residential zones. A home occupation is an accessory use of a dwelling
unit, conducted by one (1) or more persons who reside at the property
in question. The home occupation is clearly incidental and secondary to
the use of the dwelling for residential purposes and does not change
the character thereof or adversely affect the uses permitted in the
residential district of which it is a part.
- Pre-Application Orientation: The Planning
Director, or his designated staff, shall advise citizens of the
regulations for home occupations such as appropriate activities for
home occupations, operational regulations, and consequences for
violating operational regulations. The Planning Director, or his
designated staff, shall determine whether the premises to be permitted
is in compliance with the St. Charles Parish code of Ordinances, or
what measures must be taken to bring the premises into compliance prior
to consideration of an application for a home occupation permit.
- Application: A citizen who proposes appropriate
activities at a residence that is not under citation for violation of
this Code may apply for a permit for a home occupation. The fee shall
be two hundred dollars ($200.00). The applicant will agree to follow
operational regulations. When an applicant does not own the subject
property, the applicant must provide notarized endorsement of the
application by the property owner.
- Departmental Review: The Planning Director, or his
designated staff, shall determine whether the proposed activity
complies with the operational regulations of this section. The
operational regulations are a guideline.
- Public Notice and Comment:
a. Once the Planning Director has determined that the
proposed activity meets the general parameters of this code and the
operational requirements of this section, the property shall be posted
for ten (10) days with a sign stating that the resident has applied for
a permit to operate a home occupation and that the Department of
Planning and Zoning will receive and record public comment on the
application for the same ten (10) calendar days.
b. A copy of the application shall be forwarded to the District Councilman and both Councilman-At-Large.
- Determination: The Planning Director shall
consider the nature of the home occupation, the operational
regulations, the relationship of the proposed home occupation to
neighboring properties, requirements for state permits and licenses,
and take one of the following actions:
a. Issue a Home Occupational Permit with or without
written conditions, for those occupations that do not require state
permit or license.
b. Forward applications requiring state permits or
licenses along with a recommendation of the Department to the Planning
and Zoning Commission for public hearing and recommendation and to the
Parish Council for public hearing and decision.
c. Deny the application.
(Ord. No. 06-12-6, § I, 12-4-06)
C. Operational Regulations
- All products produced for sale must be hand
manufactured or grown on the premises using only hand tools or domestic
mechanical equipment. Such domestic mechanical equipment shall not
exceed two (2) horsepower per piece of equipment, and the sum total of
all such equipment shall not exceed six (6) horsepower. A single kiln
shall not exceed eight (8) kilowatts or the equivalent in a gas-fired
- All sales of products, including those produced or
grown on the premises, and the performance of all services shall take
place off the premises. However, the Planning Director may permit
on-premises sales or the performance of services as a condition of a
home occupation permit when it may be found that such sales or services
will not produce any detrimental effects upon the surrounding
neighborhood. This may include but is not limited to snowball stands,
tax and legal services. The Department may impose conditions regulating
the duration, scope, and size of operation.
- There shall be no signs posted which indicate the existence of the home occupation.
- No licensed vehicle in excess of one (1) ton
(manufacturer's rating), and no more than one (1) licensed motorized
vehicle, shall be utilized by any resident of the premises in
connection with the home occupation. (Ord. No. 03-8-11, § I, 8-18-03)
- Only the residents of the premises shall be engaged in the home occupation.
- There shall be no outdoor storage of materials or
products on the premises except as otherwise permitted by the Planning
Director. Indoor storage of material or products shall not exceed
twenty (20) percent of the gross floor area of the dwelling.
- Home occupations, except for horticultural uses, shall be conducted only within a structure on the premises.
- The home occupation shall not eliminate required off-street parking.
- The home occupation shall not cause any external
effect associated with the home occupation, such as increased noise,
excessive traffic, excessive lighting, or offensive odor, which is
incompatible with the characteristics of the residential zone, or in
violation of the revisions of any applicable governmental code. There
shall be no illegal discharge of materials, fluids, or gases into the
sewer system, or any other manner of disc
Q: What are the requirements for installing a fence on my property?
A residential fence erected within the required front yard setback may not exceed four (4) feet in height. No fence shall be erected so as to block vehicular travel sight lines, as defined in AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official Manual). Additionally, no fence will be permitted on corner lots within twenty (20) feet of the intersection with said twenty (20) feet to be measured from the property corner along the front and side property lines. (Ord. No. 82-6-7, § II, 6-7-82; Ord. No. 82-6-8, § II, 6-7-82; Ord. No. 87-12-20, 12-21-87; Ord. No. 98-8-13, 8-17-98)
Since the parish has different zoning codes for different areas, please call the Planning and Zoning Department at (985) 783-5060 for any other questions. You will want to let the department know where live and what kind of fence you want to install. VIEW PARISH CODE OF ORDINANCES