City of Trenton, MO
Grundy County
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[R.O. 2011 §400.923; Ord. No. 01-10 §1(20.01), 4-9-2001; Ord. No. 04-25 §1, 7-26-2004]
The purpose of this Section is to permit and regulate the conduct of home occupations as an accessory use in a residence, whether owner or renter occupied, and to ensure that such home occupations are compatible with the neighborhoods in which they are located. The intent is to protect residential areas from adverse effects of activities associated with home occupations, while allowing residents of the community to utilize their homes as a workplace and a source of livelihood under certain conditions.
[R.O. 2011 §400.925; Ord. No. 01-10 §1(20.02), 4-9-2001; Ord. No. 04-25 §1, 7-26-2004]
A. 
Home occupations include, but are not limited to, the following example occupations. This Chapter shall not allow more than one (1) person conducting a home occupation per dwelling.
1. 
Artists, sculptors, authors, photographers and composers.
2. 
Computer programming, word processing, personal computer data processing and home computer bulletin board services.
3. 
Direct sales product distribution (Amway, Avon, Tupperware, etc.) provided parties for the purpose of selling merchandise or taking orders shall not be held more than once a month, shall be limited to ten (10) customers and shall be held between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M.
4. 
Dressmakers, seamstresses and tailors.
5. 
Pedicurist, massage therapist, provided only one (1) person may conduct such activity.
6. 
Home crafts, such as model making, rug weaving, woodworking, ceramics (with a kiln up to six (6) cubic feet) and similar activities, provided that no machinery or equipment that would ordinarily be employed in connection with a hobby or avocation not conducted for gain or profit.
7. 
Home offices for architects, engineers, lawyers, realtors, insurance agents, brokers, ministers, rabbis, priests, salesmen, sales representatives, manufacturers' representatives, home builders, home repair contractors, trash haulers and similar occupations.
8. 
Mail order, not including retail sales from site.
9. 
Music and art teachers or other tutoring services on an individual basis.
10. 
Telephone answering.
11. 
Washing and ironing.
12. 
"Work at home" activities where employees of a business, located at another location, perform work for the business in their own residence, provided all physical contact between the business and the employee occurs at the place of business and not the residence, other than the initial installation of any equipment or other work facilities.
The work activities of the employee shall conform with all other requirements of this Section.
[R.O. 2011 §400.928; Ord. No. 01-10 §1(20.03), 4-9-2001; Ord. No. 04-25 §1, 7-26-2004]
A. 
Home occupations shall be carried out by members of the household occupying the dwelling.
B. 
The home occupation shall be conducted entirely within the principal residential building or in a permitted accessory building.
C. 
No manufacturing or processing of any sort whatsoever shall be done, except as permitted by Section 400.925(6).
D. 
No stock in trade shall be displayed or sold on the premises except for delivery of orders.
E. 
Any produce, products or stock in trade shall be stored inside a building.
F. 
No alteration of the principal residential building shall be made which changes the character thereof as a dwelling.
G. 
The home occupation shall not produce offensive noise, vibration, smoke, electrical interference, dust, odors or heat detectable beyond the property lines or beyond the walls of the dwelling unit. If the unit is part of a multi-family structure, it shall constitute a violation of this Section.
H. 
No mechanical or electrical equipment other than normal domestic or household equipment shall be used.
I. 
There shall be no outdoor storage of equipment or materials used in the home occupation.
J. 
The receipt or delivery of merchandise, goods or supplies for use in a home occupation shall be limited to the United States mail, similar parcel delivery service or private vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or less.
K. 
Not more than one (1) vehicle shall be utilized for business purposes.
L. 
No customer waiting areas shall be provided.
M. 
No vehicles shall be parked and no equipment or materials shall be stored for trash haulers, home builders, home repair contractors and similar occupations.
N. 
A business license shall be obtained, if required by other ordinances.
[R.O. 2011 §400.930; Ord. No. 01-10 §1(20.04), 4-9-2001; Ord. No. 04-25 §1, 7-26-2004]
A. 
The following activities cannot be carried out in a residence located in a residential area:
1. 
Animal hospitals.
2. 
Auto repairing and painting.
3. 
Massage parlors or massage therapy establishments.
4. 
Medical offices for doctors, lawyers, dentists and veterinarians.
5. 
Palm reading or fortunetelling.
6. 
Shops for contractors and tradesmen, such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters.
7. 
Tanning salons, tattoo parlors or piercing parlors.
8. 
Trash hauler operations other than a home office.