Interim Home Occupation Regulations - What & Why

What's Happening Now?

On March 22, 2021, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed Ordinance 126293. The legislation provides greater flexibility for home occupation businesses in nearly all zones in Seattle, including single-family zones. This ordinance became effective on April 21, 2021. 

Project Benefits

The ordinance provides flexibility for home occupation businesses because it:

  • Allows customer visits without appointments
  • Allows the home occupation and outdoor activities to be visible from the exterior of a building
  • Allows two employees who are not residents of the home
  • Allows on-street parking and traffic, except not for automotive retail sales and services
  • Allows a home occupation to occupy an otherwise required parking space
  • Allows one non-illuminated sign up to 720 square inches bearing the name of the business

The ordinance still prohibits drive-in businesses as home occupations. These rules are temporary. Residents using the extra allowances for home occupations must discontinue them once the interim regulations end. Once the interim home occupancy regulations end, all home occupations will need to follow the previous rules that will become effective once again. 

The End Result

Businesses operating from homes have more flexibility in how they operate while regular business operations are disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This helps encourage and preserve the livelihoods of small business owners.