The Belleview city commissioners approved an ordinance last week that lessens local government restrictions on home-based businesses.
The ordinance was read during the City of Belleview City Commission regular meeting on Tuesday, November 16, and it reflects changes to Florida Statute 555.955 that reduce the restrictions placed on small businesses by local governments.
Under the new ordinance, home businesses are to be regulated, licensed, and restricted in the same manner as other businesses inside a local government’s jurisdiction, with the following exceptions:
- Home businesses are only subject to applicable business taxes (there will no longer be an application fee).
- Home business employees must reside in the residence, with the exception of up to two employees or independent contractors who may reside outside of the home.
- Parking in front of the home business cannot exceed the typical parking that occurs at non-business residences.
- The home business cannot resemble a business from the outside.
- Retail transactions can only be conducted inside the home. No other structure can be used for these transactions.
- The primary use of the home is as a residence. All home business activities are considered secondary.
The City of Belleview City Commission meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Commission Room located at 5343 SE Abshier Boulevard in Belleview.