A home business is a small business use that is accessory or incidental to the primary or principal use (such as a single family dwelling or an agricultural operation) that is located on a property. Home businesses are intended to operate at levels of intensity that do not negatively impact neighboring properties.

Home Occupation

A home occupation is a business use conducted as a customary, incidental and accessory use in the resident's dwelling unit, attached garage or detached building, including office work, the making of art or crafts, trade uses, the providing of personal or professional services and similar activities, including retail sales of products produced on the premises and products clearly incidental, secondary and ancillary to the home occupation. Uses specifically excluded from home occupations include vehicle repair or similar activities.

There are two levels of home occupation uses, those that are "Use by Right" and those that require approval through a Public Site Plan Review.

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Accessory Rural Occupation

Accessory rural occupations are intended to support agricultural and rural enterprises with reasonable operational characteristics, scale, and intensity so that they function as accessory to the principle use on the property without negatively impacting the enjoyment of life, investments and rural living expectations on neighboring properties.

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  1. A home business is a small business use that is accessory to the primary or principal use (such as a single family dwelling or an agricultural operation) that is located on a property. Home businesses are intended to operate at levels of intensity that do not negatively impact neighboring properties. There are two options for these small home business uses: Home Occupation or Accessory Rural Occupation. Go to the Home Business page to get more details on these options. If you still have questions, please contact the Planning Department at (970) 498-7679 or send an email (planningoncall@larimer.org) for assistance.

  2. Outside of Growth Management Area (GMA) overlay zone districts on property zoned FA- Farming, FA-1 Farming, FO- Forestry, FO-1 Forestry, O-Open, or RE- Rural Estate; property must be at least 2 acres in size

    There are two levels of accessory rural occupation uses, those that are "Use by Right" and those that require approval through a Public Site Plan Review.

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Larimer County Planning Department
200 W. Oak Street, Third Floor, Fort Collins, CO 80521
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