Danny Brewer with the City of Austin Small Business Development Program answers with the following two links of information to answer this question.
- City of Austin Home Occupation regulations and limitations Section 25-2-900.
- Home occupation portion of the Austin City Code. FAQ regarding Home Occupation in City of Austin.
My takeaways from reading through this information include:
1. Yourself or a business partner need to live in the house.
2. Have to maintain residential character of home.
3. Must conduct business inside the dwelling unit.
4. The sale of merchandise to customers on the premises is prohibited
5. Business may not generate more than 3 vehicle trips per day of customer-related vehicular traffic.
6. No parking of commercial vehicles is allowed.
7. The following use are prohibited from operating out of a home.
- animal hospitals, animal breeding;
- clinics, hospitals;
- hospital services;
- contractors yards;
- dance studios;
- scrap and salvage services;
- massage parlors other than those employing massage therapists licensed by the state;
- cocktail lounges;
- rental outlets;
- equipment sales;
- adult oriented businesses;
- recycling centers;
- drop-off recycling collection facilities;
- an activity requiring an H-occupancy under Section 25-12, Article 1 (Uniform Building Code);
automotive repair services; and
businesses involving the repair of any type of internal combustion engine, including equipment repair services.
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