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Sound Off: I am planning on charging for swimming lessons in my backyard pool. Are there legal or zoning restrictions against this? And should I be concerned about additional traffic in my residential area?

This answer was provided by Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager: Teaching swim lessons at a residence is permissible as a Type B Home Occupation. Section 20-537 of the Development Code outlines several standards for this type of home occupation, including: a maximum of 10 customers or clients may visit the site in a day; customers or clients may only visit between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and the occupation may only have one nonresident employee. Type B Home Occupations must receive a permit from the Planning and Development Services Department. Part of the application process includes notification to all property owners within 200 feet of the site. The application is available at


KS 5 years, 8 months ago

Some of the best places for kids to learn to swim are in back yard pools taught by professionals. It can be one on one. Go for it. Better to learn than to hear a story of a drowning.

Cai 5 years, 8 months ago

Some of us don't mind following those kinds of rules. This is actually one of the few questions on here that makes sense to me as a Sound Off. Yes, there are rules, but they're much more difficult to navigate than some things. Maybe the question wasn't phrased the best, but some rules exist for a reason.

LadyJ 5 years, 8 months ago

You might want to check with your insurance comany first. Better safe than sorry.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 8 months ago

Just don't let people drive to your daytime lessons with their highbeams on.

newmedia 5 years, 8 months ago

And tell them to park around the block.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 8 months ago

Be mindful that Lawrence has a 24/7 noise ordinance. Your neighbor's right to "tranquility" trumps your running a business out of your home.

kernal 5 years, 8 months ago

I know just the retirement place for you. It's called Sun City, AZ. No kids allowed to live there.

Kirk Larson 5 years, 8 months ago

He wasn't trying to swim. He thought he could walk.

headdoctor 5 years, 8 months ago

CWGOKU, good luck with that concept. You may get people to sign some sort of agreement but if the contract is contrary to public law it is worthless. A parent or guardian may be able to sign a lot of things involving minor children but signing away the minor child's rights is not one of them.

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