Home Based Businesses

A business or commercial activity that is conducted as an accessory use which is secondary to the use as residential and which involves no customer, client or patient traffic (vehicular or pedestrian), pick up or delivery from the premises in excess of that associated with residential use is permitted.

Section 814 of the Zoning Ordinance states as follows:

814 HOME OCCUPATIONS

814.1  All home occupations shall require a permit.

814.2  Any service oriented occupation generally and regularly classified as a home occupation shall be determined on a case by case basis with a consideration of all circumstances and facts prevailing at the time by the Zoning Officer of North Huntingdon Township.

814.3  Home occupations shall include the office of a physician, dentist, clergyman, or other professional person, including musicians, writers, teachers giving instruction, dressmaker, ceramics, milliner, seamstress, insurance, real estate, beauty shop, barber shop and professional services, and where skilled services are offered to clients by one not professionally engaged in the purchase, sale or storage or retail goods. 1.  Such occupation shall be carried on wholly within the principal building and no person outside the family shall be employed. 2.  There shall be no exterior storage of materials and no other exterior indication of the home occupation or variation from the residential character of the principal building.

814.4  The following standards and contingencies shall prevail:

  • No on street parking.
  • One sign one (1) square foot for identification only, in addition to any state and federally required license signs
  • No lighted sign.
  • No noise and no neighborhood disturbances created by the home occupation.
  • No more than two (2) students at one time.
  • No commodities shall be sold that are not the result of the residents' handiwork.
  • No more than one (1) home occupation shall be permitted in a dwelling unit.

In the event that a determination cannot be made by the Zoning Officer, a Special Exception shall be required from the Zoning Hearing Board.  All home occupations shall require an occupancy permit.