The City of Sioux Falls requires a zoning permit for home occupations. The permit is effective for as long as the home occupation is at that location and doesn’t change in character. If you make any structural changes, replumb, or rewire your home for the business use, you must also take out appropriate building permits and be inspected by Building Services.
The South Dakota Department of Revenue will want to know about your home occupation business for a sales tax license, and personal service businesses may have to be inspected by City Health. You may want to hire an attorney to assist you in meeting all the legal requirements for a small business.For more information, please call:
City Zoning Division............... 367-8254
City Health Department...........367-8760
City Building Services
(a) The occupation must be conducted within a dwelling unit.
(b) The occupation must be clearly incidental and secondary to the principal use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes.
(c) Only members of the immediate family residing on the premises may be employed by or participate in the home occupation.
(d) The entrance to the space devoted to the occupation must be from within the building.
(e) There can be no evidence other than the nameplate referred to in division (f) below that will indicate from the exterior that the building is being utilized in part for any purpose other than that of a dwelling.
(f) There is used no sign which is attached to the building other than a nameplate. The sign shall not be illuminated and shall not be more than one square foot in area.
(g) These occupations shall not require substantial internal or external alterations or involve construction features not customary in a dwelling.
(h) No merchandise, including samples, can be sold on the premises.
(i) The business will generate no more than four (4) visits per day from clients or customers.
(j) Materials that are combustible, toxic or consist of any animal or vegetable matter cannot be stored on the premises.
(k) Any process which will cause odor, dust, glare, noise, heat or vibration which would have a negative effect on adjacent properties would not be allowed.
(l) A building permit shall be secured for all home occupations in conformance with the procedure outlined in §160.705 through 160.712.