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Decaturís Board of Zoning Adjustment has approved 358 home occupations in the past two years. The red houses above mark the locations within Decaturís city limit.
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Decatur's Board of Zoning Adjustment has approved 358 home occupations in the past two years. The red houses above mark the locations within Decatur's city limit.

ORDINANCES ABOUT WORKING FROM HOME

Decaturís municipal code has guidelines governing the operation of home occupations in the city:

  • There shall be no more than one room of the residential dwelling used for the home occupation, and the home occupation shall be conducted entirely in the residential dwelling.

  • No home occupation shall be permitted in any accessory building.

  • There shall be no advertising, signage, display or other evidence of the home occupation on the residential lot or structure.

  • There shall not be conducted on the premises the business of selling stocks of merchandise, supplies or products.

  • There shall be no storage or display of goods visible from outside the structure where the home occupation is licensed.

  • There shall be no highly explosive or combustible material used or stored on the premises.

  • There shall be no activity allowed that would interfere with radio or television or other communicative signal in the area.

  • There shall be no offensive noise, vibration, smoke, dust, odors, heat or glare noticeable at or beyond the property boundaries.

  • There shall be no more than one party, for the purchase of merchandise sales in association with a home occupation, conducted in each three successive months in any calendar year.

  • There shall be no deliveries from suppliers made to the premises except that commercial common carrier deliveries shall be permitted.

    The following home occupations are prohibited under the Decatur municipal code:

  • Minor or major auto repair.

  • Barber shop, beauty shop, hair and nail salon.

  • Carpentry work.

  • Dance instruction.

  • Dental or medical offices.

  • Painting of vehicles, trailers, or boats.

  • Photo developing, and photo studios.

  • Private schools with organized classes.

  • Television repair.

  • Upholstering.

  • Massage parlors.

  • Small engine repairs.

  • Welding shop.

  • Funeral chapel or home.

  • Gift shops.

  • Rental businesses.

  • Catering.

  • Other uses similar to those enumerated in this listing.

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