Doing Business From Home

Frequently Asked Questions

​​​Maybe! Certain home-based businesses are allowed with a business license. Others are allowed with a business license and if certain conditions are met.  Some businesses are strictly prohibited.

Guidel​in​es:

  • Only occupants of the home may be engaged in the home business.
  • ​Off-site employees may not report for work at the residence.
  • The use of the home as a business shall be clearly incidental and subordinate to its use as a residence.
  • No mechanical equipment or operation shall be used which creates or makes dust, odor, vibration or other effects detectable at the property line.
  • No products shall be sold on the premises except artist’s originals.
  • The products produced shall not be displayed on the property in such a manner to be visible outside of the residence.
  • Materials shall not be stored out-of-doors.
  • The home may not be remodeled to change the external appearance into a commercial appearing structure.
  • Visitors & customers shall not exceed one person per hour and eight per day. Deliveries shall not exceed one per week.
  • (See section 3.9.3.F. of the Zoning Code)

Maybe. Certain home-based business​​es are allowed with a business license. Others are allowed with a license as long as certain conditions are met. Some businesses are strictly prohibited. Generally, all home-based businesses must comply with the following:

  • Only occupants of the home may be engaged in the home business.
  • Off-site employees may not report for work at residence
  • The use of the home as a business shall be clearly incidental and subordinate to its use as a residence.  The area subject to the home occupation may not exceed 20% of the habitable floor space of the primary dwelling.
  • No mechanical equipment shall be used which creates or makes dust, odor, vibration or other effects detectable at the property line.  Noise level at the property line shall not exceed 65 dBA.
  • No products shall be sold on the premises except artists' originals.
  • The products produced shall not be displayed on the property in a manner to be visible outside of the residence.
  • Materials shall not be stored outdoors.
  • The home may not be remodeled to change the external appearance into a commercial-appearing structure.
  • Visitors & customers shall not exceed one person per hour and eight per day. Deliveries shall not exceed one per week..

​For additional guidelines on Home occupation​s, please refer to Section 3.9.3.F of the Sacramento County Zoning Code.

Temporary concessions are permitted subject to the approval of the zoning administrator through a temporary concession stand permit while meeting development standards within the following zones:

  • All Industrial Zones
  • Auto Commercial Zone
  • Commercial Recreation Zone
  • General Commercial Zone
  • Light Commercial Zone
  • Mixed Use Zones​​
  • Shopping Center Zone
  • Travel Commercial Zone

The vending of food products is regulated separately. Without the separate permit, obtained through the County Environmental Management Department and a conditional use permit from the planning commission, food cannot be sold under a temporary concession permit.  

Mobile vending vehicles that are licensed and operated pursuant to the provisions of the Sacramento County Code do not constitute a temporary concession, so long as they move every hour.

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