Home Occupations & Professional Home Offices
You want to operate an occupation or profession out of your residence. A home occupation or profession is defined below:
Any use customarily conducted entirely within a dwelling and carried on by the occupants thereof, which use is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes and does not change the character thereof, and in connection with which there is no display, no stock in trade and no outside storage of equipment upon the premises.
Some types of work can be conducted at home with little or no effect on the surrounding neighborhood. The home occupation and professional home office regulations of the Kenosha County General Zoning and Shoreland / Floodplain Zoning Ordinance are intended to permit residents to engage in customary home occupations and professional home offices, while ensuring that such home occupations and professions will not be a detriment to the character and livability of the surrounding area. The regulations require that the residential viability of the dwelling unit is maintained. A Certificate of Compliance must be issued prior to the establishment of a Customary Home Occupation or Professional Home Office.
It is recommended that you meet with county development staff prior to submitting your letter of operation for a home occupation or professional home office to discuss the particulars of your proposal. Please review the Home Occupation and Professional Home Offices Ordinance requirements and follow the Home Occupation and Professional Home Office Procedures.
Permitted & Prohibited Home Occupations
Examples of permitted home occupations include, but are not limited to:
Procedures & Documents
- Home Occupation and Professional Home Offices Review Procedure
- Certificate of Compliance Application
- Example of Typical Certificate of Compliance Application
You can anticipate that the review of your proposed operation will take approximately seven to ten working days dependent on whether the application, letter of operation and floor plan contains all pertinent information in relationship to the requirements for a Home Occupation and Professional Home Office as outlined in the Kenosha County General Zoning and Shoreland / Floodplain Zoning Ordinance.