Can I run a business out of my home?

The city recognizes the importance of using your home for business purposes. The city has set guidelines that regulate which type of businesses may operate from a home. These regulations help to ensure that home businesses do not impact the residential neighborhoods or change the character of the home.

To be sure your business complies with the home occupation ordinance and zoning code regulations, you will need to complete a Home Occupation Application Form (PDF) and have it approved by a member of the Planning Division. Home occupation allows minimum client/customer visits and does not allow employees, outside storage, or large deliveries of stock. The specific regulation is contained in Coalinga Zoning Code Section 9-5.113. A copy of this ordinance can be viewed online.

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1. What are my building setbacks?
2. What is the zoning of my property?
3. What are my property lines?
4. Can I put a carport in front of my garage?
5. What does it mean if I received a public hearing notice in the mail?
6. What are the responsibilities of the Planning Division versus the Building and Safety Division?
7. How can I rezone my property?
8. What zoning related information do I need to include on my building permit application?
9. Is my lot buildable?
10. Can my lot be subdivided?
11. I'm in the process of starting a business in the city. What would be my first steps?
12. What is the Planning Commission?
13. When does the Planning Commission Meet?
14. I have a conceptual plan to develop a property. Will the city review the concept before I file a formal application?
15. Do I need to make an appointment to see a planner?
16. I want to put a storage shed in my backyard. How close to the property line can it be placed?
17. What are setbacks?
18. I have a lot of items to store. What is the largest storage shed I can put on my property?
19. Can I convert my garage into another bedroom or office?
20. Can I run a business out of my home?
21. Can I remove my front lawn?
22. When is a sign permit required?
23. How high can my fence be?
24. What is a parcel number?