RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The City of Raleigh is making it easier for entrepreneurs to obtain permits to operate a business from their home.
The city passed a new zoning law that went into effect in early September 2022, removing the city’s city council’s special use permit for a home business. Entrepreneurs now only need a permit issued by the city staff, as long as they meet the guidelines, saving the time and money needed to hang a now open sign at home.
Guidelines include business hours limited from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and no more than five customers visiting the home business at a time.
At least one person must occupy the associated main structure or the associated Associated Housing Unit as their primary residence.
Some of the types of home businesses that are allowed include offices, dance, martial arts studios, music studios, sports academies, hair salons, clothing manufacturing, graphic design stores, repair shops, and tattoo parlors.
Small business owner Pelvia Lee, whose business makes handmade soaps and natural products from home, Joanns Natural Sugah, says simplifying the licensing process is a good move to help entrepreneurs like her grow their businesses.
“It helped me keep my product in stock and get it in the mail,” Lee explained about working from home. “I could do it at home with online sales, which is great.
In addition, the rent is now so high that it gives me the opportunity to be able to sell and not pay the high rent,” Lee added.
During the permitting process, neighbors must be notified if someone applies to open a business in their residence.
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