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Home Occupations


HOME OCCUPATIONS

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Home Occupations


HOME OCCUPATIONS

Zoning Regulations (17:9-33)

Home occupations shall only be permitted provided they do not change the character of the principal residence from a home to a business or change the character of the surrounding neighborhood from a residential neighborhood to a commercial neighborhood. Specifically, the characteristics of the home occupation cannot differ from that expected in a residential neighborhood in the following areas of concern: The appearance of the premises, including color, materials, construction, or lighting; the risk of physical harm to persons or property due to the nature or volume of any materials stored on site; the creation of noise, vibration, dust, smoke, odor, glare, radiation or electrical interference; the volume and frequency of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. 


Interior Only

The home occupation must be conducted entirely within the principal residence and cannot involve outdoor storage or activities. 

Space

No more than one (1) home occupation may be conducted on a lot and it shall not involve more than thirty percent (30%) of the gross floor area of a principal dwelling unit, including the floor area of an attached garage. 

Employees

No more than one (1) person other than the occupants of the dwelling may be involved or employed on the premises in the home occupation. 

Vehicles

The home occupation cannot involve commercial vehicles, other than an occasional cartage vehicle for the delivery of materials related to the home occupation to or-from the premises. 

Home Occupation Zoning Application


SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

[   ] Completed Zoning Application (Development Permit Application)

[   ] $20.00 business check, money order or cashier's check

[   ] A letter indicating what the business will be selling, the hours of operation, if there will be vehicles on site, and that no signs will be installed on the exterior. ALL of these details must be in the letter in order to get an approval.

[   ] A copy of the NJ Business License Certificate Form

Home Occupation Zoning Application


SUBMISSION CHECKLIST:

[   ] Completed Zoning Application (Development Permit Application)

[   ] $20.00 business check, money order or cashier's check

[   ] A letter indicating what the business will be selling, the hours of operation, if there will be vehicles on site, and that no signs will be installed on the exterior. ALL of these details must be in the letter in order to get an approval.

[   ] A copy of the NJ Business License Certificate Form

File the permit for your new home occupation by clicking the button below and printing the zoning application. Submit the application along with your letter; and a business check, money order or cashier's check for $20.00 to the Plainfield Building Division. No cash, cards or personal checks are accepted. Sorry :( .


The Zoning Board of Adjustment presides over applications that need variances. If your home occupation does not meet the above provisions of the Land Use Ordinance, you probably need a variance. The variance process is a longer process than a normal zoning application and requires a board hearing, a 45 day review period by the Planning Division, and a $500 escrow for residential applications and $1,000 for commercial applications, along with fees. To learn more about the Zoning Board process, please contact the Planning Division at (908) 753-3391.

Zoning Board of Adjustment