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(A) A home occupation is any activity carried out for gain by a resident, conducted as an accessory use in the resident’s dwelling unit. Home occupations shall be permitted in any residential zone upon the issuance of a home occupation permit and a business license from the City of Show Low subject to the following requirements:

(1) The use of the dwelling for a home occupation shall not destroy or be incompatible with the residential character of the dwelling or the neighborhood.

(2) The home occupation shall be conducted only inside the dwelling or inside an accessory building or garage.

(3) No more than twenty-five (25) percent of the total floor area of the dwelling or garage shall be used for the home occupation. The total percentage of dedicated floor area may be increased through the approval of a conditional use permit.

(4) Stock, goods, and/or materials displayed or sold at the location of the home occupation shall not be visible from the boundaries of the property.

(5) No outdoor display or storage of materials, goods, supplies, or equipment shall be permitted in connection with a home occupation.

(6) Only one (1) sign, not to exceed eight and one-half (8-1/2) inches by eleven (11) inches, may be used to identify a home occupation. Said sign shall be placed within a window or flat against the wall of the residence to which the sign refers. There shall be no other advertising, display, or other evidence of a home occupation on the premises.

(7) No use shall create noise, dust, vibration, smell, smoke, glare, electrical interference, fire hazard, or any other hazard or nuisance to any greater or more frequent extent than that usually experienced in an average residential occupancy in the district in question under normal circumstances where no home occupation exists. The business shall only be conducted by a resident or residents of the dwelling.

(8) A home occupation shall not create greater vehicle or pedestrian traffic than normal for the district in which it is located. Generally, no more than two (2) business visitors an hour or eight (8) a day, and no more than two (2) deliveries of products or materials per day, or ten (10) per week, excluding postal deliveries, are permitted. No semi-trailer deliveries are allowed.

(9) No business shall be conducted which requires delivery vehicles or other services not customary to a residence. Customary delivery vehicles include USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, and similar delivery vehicles.

(10) No on-street parking of business-related vehicles shall be permitted at any time.

(11) No parking spaces, other than driveways, may be located in the required front yard setback. Additional parking not customary to a residence is prohibited.

(12) Only refuse enclosures customary to a residence shall be permitted in conjunction with a home occupation. Refuse enclosures not emptied as part of a regularly scheduled residential refuse service shall be prohibited.

(13) All activities involving outside business visitors, clients, or deliveries shall be limited to the hours between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

(14) A home occupation permit is owner-specific and nontransferable. Any change in the nature of the home occupation, ownership or address will result in automatic termination of the permit. A new home occupation permit and business license will be required.

(15) No more than one (1) home occupation permitted per property or household.

(B) Because no list of uses can be complete, decisions on specific uses not included as examples on the following list of permitted uses will be made by the planning and zoning director.

The following uses are examples of allowable home occupations:


Arts and crafts;



Artists and sculptors;

Contractor offices (i.e., painting, cleaning, yard maintenance, building) but not including outside storage of equipment, materials or vehicles;

Counselors, psychological therapists, etc.;

Home marketing (e.g., Amway, Mary Kay, Tupperware, etc.) and mail order marketing of items;

Home office uses including financial services, architectural/drafting/engineering services, data/word processing, billing services and similar uses;

In-home childcare, but not more than five (5) children at a time, including the caregiver’s own preschool-aged children;

Licensed massage therapists;

Insurance agents;

Musical instruction;

Noninvasive medical practices such as cranial sacral therapy and acupuncture;

Tutoring of all types, but limited to four (4) pupils at one (1) time;

Other similar uses as approved by the planning director.

(C) The following uses are examples of home occupations which are not allowed:

Animal grooming, kennels;

Antique sales;

Barber and beauty shops;

Catering establishments (i.e., businesses providing contract services consisting of food and banquet preparations prepared internally, requiring a commercial kitchen and delivered to customers off the premises);

Commercial greenhouses or nurseries;

Invasive medical/dental procedures;

Tanning salons;

Vehicle repair/mechanic’s garages and automobile detailing. (Ord. No. 2009-01, §§ 1, 2, 1-20-09; Ord. No. 2009-08, §§ 1, 2, 6-2-09; Ord. No. 2010-08, §§ 1, 2, 5-4-10; Ord. No. 2017-04, §§ 1, 2, 3-7-17. 1976 Code § 15-1-44(M))