• Getting Started

    Accessory home occupations are activities connected to those uses in the Household Living Category of the Portland Zoning Code. There are two types of home occupations, Type A and Type B.

     

    Type A Home Occupations do not need a permit but must comply with the Home Occupation Regulations.

    A Type A home occupation is one where the residents use their home as a place of work; however, no employees or customers come to the site. Examples include artists, crafts people, writers and consultants. Type A home occupations also provide an opportunity for a home to be used as a business address but not as a place of work.

    A Type B Home Occupation Permit is not allowed:

    A Type B home occupation is one where the residents use their home as a place of work, and either one employee or customers come to the site. Examples are counseling, tutoring, and hair cutting and styling. A Type B home occupation permit is not allowed:

    1. When a residence has an accessory dwelling unit
    2. When there is another Type B Home Occupation permitted for the residence
    3. For repairing or assembling vehicles, lawn mowers or large appliances

    Applying For My Permit

    1. Fill out the Type B Home Occupation Permit Application
    2. Notify your neighbors and your neighborhood association that you plan to start a home business
    3. Return your completed application and a copy of your neighborhood notification with the fee listed on the application to:

    Compliance Services & Neighborhood Inspections

    Bureau of Development Services

    1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000

    Portland, OR 97201-5379

     


    Plan Review Process

    Your application will be reviewed and inspected by a City of Portland zoning inspector who will visit your business to make sure the regulations are being met.

     
    Upon approval, a permit will be issued for two years. 
     
    Home occupation inspections information.
     

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