New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance

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21.6.R Home Occupation

A home occupation is an accessory use and is subject to the following requirements.

1.  The home occupation shall be conducted entirely within the dwelling and shall be clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for residential purposes. No home occupation may be operated in an accessory structure.

2.  The home occupation is limited to fifteen percent (15%) of the floor area of the dwelling unit.

3.  A home occupation may not be established prior to the member(s) of the family conducting the home occupation taking possession of, and residing in, the dwelling.

4.  No person other than a resident of the dwelling may be employed as part of a home occupation.

5.  Vehicular traffic and on-street parking shall not be increased beyond what normally occurs through residential usage.

6.  The receipt, sale, or shipment of deliveries is not permitted on or from the premises, with the exception of regular U.S. Mail and/or an express shipping service that is characteristic of service to residential neighborhoods. Other types of truck deliveries are not permitted.

7.  A home occupation shall not generate noise, solid waste, vibration, glare, fumes, odors, or electrical interference beyond what normally occurs in a residential use. No outside storage or display of materials, merchandise, inventory, or heavy equipment is permitted. No mechanical equipment is permitted, except that which is normally used for domestic or household purposes.

8.  No stock, merchandise, or products may be displayed, stored, or sold on the premises.

9.  No exterior alteration that changes the residential character of the principal building is permitted. A separate entrance from the outside of the building to the home occupation is prohibited.

10.  A home occupation sign in accordance with Article 24 is permitted. Additional signs are prohibited. 

11.  Any type of motor vehicle service and repair, taxicab or other vehicle dispatch, or beauty salons are prohibited home occupations.

12.  Day care homes are not considered a home occupation.

13.  All home occupations require an occupational license.