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Home Occupation Application

  1. HOME OCCUPATION BUSINESS LICENSE APPLICATION
  2. CHECK ONE*
  3. If Applicable

  4. CHECK ONE*

    LLC's are not required to apply for a business license, HOWEVER, if you already have one, a copy must be provided as part of your application. 

  5. DOES THIS TYPE OF BUSINESS REQUIRE A STATE OR FEDERAL LICENSE OR CERTIFICATION?*

    Example: Electricians, Aestheticians, Healthcare providers, etc. require state level licensing. If you are unsure whether your type of business requires additional licensing or certifications, please contact the Secretary of State's Office.

  6. For childcare providers, please use this to provide the Bright-From-Start Orientation Certificate.

  7. CHECK ONE*

    Please note that the City cannot facilitate a business license request without the expressly written permission of the property owner or manager. City staff will not contact property owners or managers to request their permission but may contact property owners or managers to verify their permission. Please have the written permission include the Applicants name, address, express permission, the Owner/Manager's name and a contact number.

  8. If Applicable

  9. CHECK ONE*

    Are you a public employee as defined under O.C.G.A. Section 50-18-72(a)(21)-this includes employees of the State of Georgia, any Georgia county, city or agencies and commissions; other political subdivisions; teachers in public, charter and nonpublic schools; and employees in certain early care and education programs?

  10. Full-time Equivalent, Including Owner and Family, working in business.

  11. CERTIFICATION & Electronic Signature Agreement

    CERTIFICATION I certify that the forgoing information is true and correct. I understand that falsification of any part of this tax return may cause denial or closure of business:

    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.

  12. Section 95. - Home Occupations. 

    (Ord. No. 64-87, § 2, 12-7-87; Ord. No. 68A-87, 12-7-87) 

    95.1. Intent and Purpose. Only such uses will be allowed which: 

    • (1) Are incidental to the use of the premises as a residence; 
    • (2) Are compatible with residential uses; 
    • (3) Are limited in extent; and 
    • (4) Do not detract from the residential character of the neighborhood. 

    95.2. General Provisions. All Home Occupations, where permitted, must meet the following general provisions: 

    • 95.2.1 The home occupation shall be clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling. Internal or external changes which will make the dwelling unit or lot appear less residential in nature or function are prohibited. Examples of such prohibited alterations include construction of parking lots, paving of required setbacks, or adding commercial-like exterior lighting. 
    • 95.2.2 The dwelling unit must be the primary and legal place of residence for the owner of the home occupation. Owner of the home occupation is defined as an individual, not a partnership or corporation that has sole ownership of 51 percent or more of the stock, assets, or value of the home occupation. Renters shall provide written evidence of the owner approval for a home occupation. 
    • 95.2.3 The home occupation shall be conducted entirely within the principal dwelling unit and/or in a properly permitted, approved and fully enclosed accessory building that complies with the standards set forth in Section 93. All accessory structures must be of similar construction, architecture and materials to the main dwelling unit. 
    • 95.2.3.1 For home occupations located within the principle dwelling unit, no more than 25 percent of the total floor area of a dwelling unit may be used in connection with a home occupation. 
    • 95.2.4 No separate entrance or driveway shall be permitted for the home occupation 
    • 95.2.5 No exterior storage or display of any goods, materials or equipment associated with the home occupation shall be permitted 
    • 95.2.6 No window displays are permitted. No business signs shall be placed on the premises in conjunction with any home occupation. 
    • 95.2.7 The home occupation shall not be open to the public or receive deliveries earlier than 86:00 a.m. or later than 8:00 p.m. Routine residential-type carriers, such as the USPS, UPS and/or FedEx, accepted. 
    • 95.2.8 A home occupation shall not generate excessive traffic or produce obnoxious odors, fumes, smoke, dust, heat, glare, noise, vibration, electrical disturbance, or radioactivity or other conditions that will be a nuisance to the surrounding area. 
    • 95.2.9 Toxic, explosive, flammable, combustible, corrosive, radioactive, or other restricted materials, if any, shall be used, stored and disposed of in accordance with the International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code. Activities conducted and material / equipment used shall not be of a nature to require the installation of fire safety features not common to residential uses. 
    • 95.2.10 Group instruction, assembly or activity shall be prohibited. 
    • 95.2.11 No person other than the principal occupant(s) of the dwelling shall work on premise. 
    • 95.2.12 Home occupation may not serve as headquarters or dispatch centers where employees come to the site and are dispatched to other locations. 
    • 95.2.13 More than one home occupation may be permitted in a single residence. The above limitations shall apply to combined uses. 

    95.3 Parking. All parking associated with the home occupation must be in the driveway where the home occupation is located. No parking shall be permitted in the street or yard. No shared parking is permitted associated with any home occupation. 

    • 95.3.1 No home occupation shall require any on or off-street parking other than normally required for a residence. 
    • 95.3.2 Off-site employees of the resident shall not congregate on the premises for any purpose concerning the home occupation nor park their vehicles at the location. 

    95.4 Allowable Uses. The following uses are examples of allowed home occupations: 

    • General office or business services. 
    • Studios/work spaces for handicraft production, fine arts, cooking, tailors, etc. 
    • Direct sale product distribution (Avon, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, etc.). 
    • Barber/beauty shop. 
    • Counseling/tutoring 
    • Contractors, painters, masonry or plumbing. 
    • Landscape maintenance. 
    • Television or other small electrical repairs, excluding major appliances (i.e. washers, dryers, refrigerators, televisions larger than 36”, etc.). 
    • Upholstering. 
    • Woodworking and furniture restoration. 
    • Childcare for up to six children, excluding the children of the provider. 
    • 95.4.1 Recording studios are allowable home occupations provided that (a) internal noise shall not be audible from outside the building and (b) external activity or noise generations shall not be greater than the existing background notice level of the surrounding area. 

    95.5 Prohibited Uses. The following uses shall be prohibited as home occupation: 

    • Ambulance service. 
    • Any type of painting, repair or assembly of vehicles or equipment with internal combustion engines (such as autos, motorcycles, marine engines, lawn mowers, chainsaws and other small engines) or large appliances (such as washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators) or any other work related to automobiles and their parts. 
    • Eating establishments. 
    • Funeral establishments and crematories. 
    • Junk and salvage operations. 
    • Massage parlors and adult uses. 
    • Veterinary uses including grooming or boarding (except when working at clients’ homes).

    95.6 Other Uses. Any use not listed in Section 95.4 shall require a Classification of Use Request. Such request shall address a specific use in detail and how it conforms to the standards as set forth in this Ordinance. The zoning enforcement officer shall decide Classification of Use Requests based upon the standards contained in this Ordinance. Anyone aggrieved by a decision of the zoning enforcement officer on the Classification of Use Request may appeal to the Planning and Zoning Commission in accordance with Section 114.3.

     95.7. Permit Procedures. Home occupations complying with the standards established in this section shall be required to obtain approval by Mayor and Council and an Occupational Tax License prior to commencement. 

    95.7.1 Expiration [of permit]. An Occupational Tax License shall expire under the following conditions: 

    • 95.7.1.1 Whenever the applicant ceases to occupy the premises for which the home occupation was issued, no subsequent occupant of such premises shall engage in any home occupation until he shall have been issued a new permit after proper application. 
    • 95.7.1.2 Whenever the holder of such a permit fails to exercise the same for any period of six (6) consecutive months. 
    • 95.7.1.3 A permit for a home occupation shall be revocable by the zoning enforcement officer because of the failure of the owner or operator of the use covered by the permit to observe all requirements of the permit and the Zoning Ordinance.
  13. Electronic Signature Agreement

    I have read, acknowledged, agreed to, and will comply with the requirements listed above.

    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.

  14. Describe in detail.

  15. Will customers or clients need to come to your residence?*
  16. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF VIOLATION PENALTIES

    At any time the City of Warner Robins has probable cause to believe that the holder of a business license is operating in violation of any provision of the federal or state law or city ordinance, or in violation of any condition made a part of any permit granted by the city or agreed to by licensee, the business shall be immediately revoked.

  17. Electronic Signature Agreement
    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.
  18. Please note that an un-notarized or improperly notarized form will not be accepted.

  19. Please note that an un-notarized or improperly notarized form will not be accepted.

  20. Please upload a clear picture of the front of your photo ID

  21. Please upload a clear picture of the back of your photo ID

  22. PLEASE READ

    After completing and submitting this form, please note that your application IS NOT COMPLETE until you have:

    • paid the applicable fee ($50.00 - made payable to the City of Warner Robins)
    • completed the Planning and Zoning Sign Acknowledgement and Terms form and received a yard sign(not required for apartment or mobile home community residents)

    By clicking submit, you will be sent a confirmation of receipt. After receiving confirmation, please contact the Planning and Zoning Office at (478)302-5517 to set up an appointment to pay the application fee and, if applicable, fill out the sign acknowledgement form and pick up a yard sign. 

  23. I have read, acknowledged, and understand the requirements above.

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