Sound Off

Sound Off: What are the rules for businesses within a residential area? Is there a limit on the number of employees or the type of business that can be run in the home?

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided information for this answer: The city’s development code outlines the types of home businesses that are permitted in residential districts. It also identifies prohibited uses. Type B home businesses are permitted to have one nonresident employee and/or no more than 10 customer/clients come to the site. A permit must be obtained from the planning department. Examples of type B businesses permitted are counseling, tutoring and hair cutting/styling. Prohibited uses include vehicle/engine repair and dispatch centers. The entire section is available online:


Compy 5 years, 5 months ago

My neighbor spends nights dumpster diving for scrap metal, and days tearing it apart, loudly, processing it to sell for scrap. Right outside our windows, in his yard but obviously very close to my house in East Lawrence. Annoying.

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 5 months ago

Good for him for recycling. Glad someone is willing to help out. At $145/ton scrap price, I can't blame him.

Compy 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes, it's a decent and honest living, except not very honest to operate without the required special use permit, or the 6 foot fence he would need to build in order to qualify for said permit.

Matt Schwartz 5 years, 5 months ago

Is he the scum bag that's stealing stuff out of my car port for scrap?

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