Home occupation: An occupation conducted as an accessory use of a dwelling unit, provided that:
(a) Home occupations shall have a limit of one full-time equivalent employee who is not a member of the family residing in the home with the home occupation; "Full-time equivalent employee" refers to one or more employees who work a total of no more than forty (40) combined hours on-site per week;
(b) The use of the dwelling unit or accessory buildings for the home occupation shall be clearly incidental and subordinate to the use of the property for residential purposes, and not more than thirty-five (35) percent nor more than seven hundred fifty (750) square feet of the floor area of the dwelling unit and any accessory buildings combined shall be used in the conduct of the home occupations; provided, that the floor area defined as used in the home occupation is the area dedicated to or primarily used for the home occupation, and does not include areas incidentally used for the home occupation;
(c) No external evidence of the conduct of the home occupation, including commercial signs, shall be visible;
(d) Traffic and parking regulations;
(1) The home occupation shall not generate traffic volumes or parking area needs greater than would normally be expected in the residential neighborhood.
(2) In addition, normally there shall be no more than three (3) vehicles parked at any time on- or off-street for non-residential purposes including but not limited to parking by non-resident employees, customers, delivery services, etc.; but excluding drop-offs and pick-ups. Home occupations for arts education or similar educational purposes are exempt from any parking restrictions.
(3) There shall be no regular pick-up and delivery by vehicles other than those of a size normally used for household deliveries.
(e) No equipment or process shall be employed that will cause noise, vibration, odor, glare, or electrical or communication interference detectable to the normal senses off the lot in the case of detached dwelling units, or outside the dwelling unit in the case of attached dwelling units;
(f) The on-premises sale and delivery of goods which are not the products of the home occupation are prohibited, except that the sale of goods which are incidental to a service of the home occupation is permitted;
(g) A zoning compliance permit is issued for the home occupation(s). The permit shall describe the nature of the business and include the applicant's certification that the home occupation will be conducted in accord with the Land Use Management Ordinance and other applicable laws and ordinances. The town manager may revoke a zoning compliance permit for a home occupation if he/she determines the conditions were being violated. Once a home occupation permit has been granted, it shall remain in effect until: (1) it is revoked by the town; (2) the home occupation is terminated by the resident or residents for one hundred eighty (180) or more days; or (3) the holder of the permit moves from the residence.
Overnight lodging. Accommodations arranged for short term stays of less than thirty (30) days for rent or lease.
Permitted Zones: WX-5, WX-7
Tourist home: A building or group of buildings containing in combination three (3) to nine (9) lodging units intended for rental or lease primarily to transients for daily or weekly periods with or without board, as distinguished from rooming houses in which occupancy is generally by residents rather than transients. Emergency shelters for homeless persons and residential support facilities, as defined elsewhere in this appendix, are not included.
Parking. Guests should park in the driveway or in designated street parking.You may secure visitor parking permits for properties located in designated permit areas.Each address in the residential permit area would be eligible for up to 10 temporary 3-day visitor parking permits in a year or up to 5 temporary 14-day visitor parking permits.Contact Parking Services for additional information.
Noise. Loud parties may be cited for violating the noise ordinance.Be considerate of the neighborhood and the residents around you. Please call 911 to file a noise complaint with the Town of Chapel Hill Police Department.
Garbage. Pick up after yourself and guests.Garbage and recycling should be stored on-site in trash containers. On collection day, place garbage cart(s) behind the curb, away from mailboxes, and where a collector can conveniently get to it.All solid waste must be brought to the curb before 6am on collection day; carts should be removed from the curb by 7pm on collection day.
Pets. Clean-up after your pets.Prevent excessive and prolonged barking, and keep pets from roaming the neighborhood.Abide by local leash laws.
24-Hour Contact Information. Consider posting the contact information for someone your guests can contact if they have questions.Also, consider listing the 9-1-1 street address in the unit in case of an emergency and clearly posting the residence’s address at the street.
Fix any hazards. Exposed wiring, broken glass, and loose steps can create a hazard for guests.Make simple repairs to keep your guests safe.Consider adding a First Aid kit to the residence.
Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, & Fire Extinguishers. Have working smoke alarms in your home—inside every bedroom, outside of every bedroom, and on every level of your home (including basements). Have working carbon monoxide monitors on each floor, including basements and attics.Place a 2A 10BC Fire Extinguisher on each floor.
Leave Instructions for Guests. Provide instructions for guests on how to use appliances, operate gas fire places, or maintaining the thermostat.
Insurance. Talk to your insurance agent about additional coverage that may be required for using your home as a rental.