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The City of Port Wentworth recognizes the need for some citizens to use their place of residence for limited non-residential activities. The City also recognizes the need to maintain the character and integrity of residential areas and to establish specific standards and procedures by which home occupations can be conducted in residential areas without jeopardizing the health, safety, and general welfare of the surrounding neighborhood.
Home Occupation Defined
Home Occupations can be defined as any activity carried out for gain by a resident and conducted as an incidental and accessory use in the resident's dwelling unit. To meet the definition of home occupation, one (1) of the following conditions must be satisfied:
Accessory Use and Structure
Accessory structures may be used in connection with the home occupation so long as the lot coverage requirements of the zoning ordinance are met. These include:
Permits and Fees
The home occupation shall pay the annual City of Port Wentworth occupation tax (otherwise known as a "business license"). The Occupational Tax Fee Schedule can be found here.
Dwelling residents may engage in or conduct the home occupation in the home with no more than one (1) non-resident employee. A copy of the driver's license, or state picture ID of the proprietor and for the non-resident employee shall be provided to the City of Port Wentworth.
No additional parking to accommodate customers or delivery shall be constructed or allowed. Customer vehicles or vehicles associated with the home occupation shall be parked on the existing residential driveway or on the street only within the lot frontage.
The home occupation shall have one (1), and only one (1), commercial trash receptacle in addition to any residential trash receptacle. The commercial trash receptacle shall be provided by the City of Port Wentworth and shall not exceed ninety (90) gallons. Larger trash receptacles are prohibited.
Signage and Decals
Signs will be allowed no larger than twelve (12) feet × sixteen (16) inches and shall be affixed to the house facing the street or on a post in the yard. Illuminated signs are prohibited.
Home occupations do not apply to:
305 South Coastal Highway
Port Wentworth, Georgia 31407
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday
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