Can I run a business out of my home?

Home occupations are permitted as accessory uses.  A home occupation is an occupation, profession, or trade customarily carried on by occupants of a dwelling unit as a secondary use that is clearly incidental to the principal use of the dwelling unit for residential purposes.  Home occupations are allowed as an accessory use, subject to the following provisions:

  • Location.  Home occupations shall be conducted only within the principal structure.
  • Area.  The maximum floor area utilized for home occupation purposes shall not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the total floor area of the principal structure.
  • Employees.  The home occupation shall be engaged in only by the family or person occupying the dwelling as a private residence.  No person shall be employed in the home occupation other than a member of the immediate family residing on the premises.
  • Merchandise.  The home occupation shall not involve retail sales transactions on the premises.
  • Visibility of Merchandise.  No merchandise shall be displayed in such a manner as to be visible from outside.
  • Outdoor Storage.  No outdoor storage shall be allowed in connection with any home occupation.
  • Maintenance of Non-Commercial Character.  No alteration of the non-commercial character of the premises may be made, including the removal of garage doors.
  • Signs.  No signs, display, or advertising on the premises shall be permitted.
  • Disturbances.  No device of any kind or other activities shall be allowed that create noise, dust, odor, or electrical disturbance that is affiliated with a home based business.  This shall not be interpreted to include the operation of hobby equipment, yard maintenance equipment, or other activities that are normal to day to day living and enjoyment of personal property.  No noises shall be allowed to create a public nuisance or disturb the peace as per the Owasso Code of Ordinances.
  • Traffic and Parking.  No home occupation shall generate more than ten (10) trips per day to and from the premises.  All parking needs generated shall be accommodated by off-street parking which does not alter the residential character of the premises.
  • Customers.  Home-based business shall be operated in a discreet manner and not be of a type that generates significant customer traffic.
  • In-Home Daycare.  In-home daycares are permitted as a home occupation but shall be regulated by the State of Oklahoma.

The following shall not be considered a home occupation:

  • Barber shop or hair salon with more than one (1) chair
  • Tea room or restaurant
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Auto repair
  • Assisted living facility
  • Doctor or dentist office
  • Child care center for eight (8) or more children under the age of eighteen (18)
  • Inn or tourist home
  • Cabinet, metal, or machine shop

For more information, please refer to the Owasso Zoning Code and contact the Planning staff at or 918-376-1540.

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1. Can I get a same day inspection? What information do I need to leave on the inspection line?
2. Can I run a business out of my home?
3. Can I build a carport over my driveway?
4. Do I need a permit for a fence and what is the maximum height?
5. Do I need a permit for a storage shed on my residential property?
6. Do I need a permit to do work on my own house?
7. Do I need a permit to enclose my garage?
8. How large can a detached accessory building be in my rear yard if I am residentially-zoned?
9. How long does it take to receive approval for a residential single family or commercial building permit?
10. How much is a contractor, sub-contractor, journeyman, or apprentice license?
11. What are the requirements for running a daycare out of my home?
12. What do I need to do if I want to start a new business in town?
13. What paperwork do I need for a single-family building permit?