Home Based Businesses

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Starting a Home-Based Business is great way to supplement or replace your current income. In order to have a home-based business an application must be made to the Alachua County Building Department. General home-based businesses are allowed in any established residence, while Rural Home-Based Businesses are allowed only in the Agriculture zoning district.

General Home-Based Business Requirements
  • Only persons living at the residence may work at the home.
  • No more than 20% of the floor area of the residence may be used for the business.
  • Visitation Hours are restricted to the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • There can be no more than six customer visits in a day
  • Up to two additional parking spaces may be provided and must use the existing driveway for the site.
  • The permit is good for two years and costs $70.
  • Only one commercial vehicle and trailer may be parked on the site. Commercial vehicles cannot exceed 10,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight
  • See this page for more detailed information
Rural Home-Based Business Requirements

Allowed as an accessory use to a legal residential use in the Agriculture (A) zoning district, subject to administrative plan approval and in accordance with the following standards:

  • In addition to residents of the home, up to three additional employees may be allowed at the site.
  • The lot must be at least three acres in size.
  • No more than 20% of the floor area of the residence may be used for the business, and the business may be conducted in an accessory building.
  • Visitation and delivery hours are restricted to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Up to three additional parking space may be provided and must use the existing driveway for the site.
  • Up to three one-ton capacity commercial vehicles may be parked on the site, including any customer vehicles parked for repair.
  • Landscaping shall be required to screen off-street parking or storage areas
  • This type of home-based business must be approved by Development Review Staff.
  • See this page for more detailed information.
  • Follow this link to the application for a Rural Home Based Business Permit.
  • The application will require a site plan to be submitted with the application that demonstrates how requirements are met.
  • The initial permit costs $600 and is good for two years, but can be renewed thereafter for $70 every two years.
  • For more information contact the Development Review Staff at (352) 374-5249.​
Questions?
Call (352) 374-5249
  • Fill out an application for a General Home-Based Business.

  • Fill out an application for a Rural Home-Based Business

  • Register your business and obtain a local business tax receipt.

  • Use our Map Genius application to find out which zoning district your property is in.


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