[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Shrewsbury 5-16-2005 by Ord. No. 853 (Ch. 46 of the 1973 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning and land development — See Ch. 94.
As a result of rapidly changing technology, people are capable of conducting certain low-intensity and unobtrusive businesses from their homes.
The advent and improvement of telephones, answering machines, pagers, cellular communications, broadband cable, copy machines, facsimile machines, computers and the Internet have brought changes in the manner in which business may be conducted.
The Borough of Shrewsbury recognizes that with such changes in technology certain business activities may be conducted from a residence without infringement upon the right of all persons residing in a residential zoning district to be free from the adverse impacts of business use.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the first priority and paramount concern is to preserve and protect the peace and tranquility of the Borough of Shrewsbury residential zoning district.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- HOME BUSINESS
- An activity occurring from the residence for economic gain which offers a product or merchandise for sale and employs more than one employee.
- HOME OCCUPATION
- An activity for economic gain, carried out in a residential dwelling or accessory structure thereto, in which the services of the occupant are offered on site to clients, patients, patrons or customers. Exception: in-home day-care use approved by the Division of Youth and Family Services and family day-care homes, subject to all state regulations governing day care and limited to a total of five children.
- HOME OFFICE USE
- An office activity carried on for gain by a resident in a dwelling unit, which does not offer a product or merchandise for sale to the public but offers a service, shall be permitted accessory use in residential zones.
Home offices, as defined herein, are permitted in all residential zoning districts within the Borough of Shrewsbury in accordance with the following standards:
The use is limited solely to office use;
The use is operated by or employs in the residence only a resident or residents who are permanent full-time residents of the dwelling unit, and no other persons;
No nonresident employees, customers, or business invitees or guests shall visit the dwelling unit for business purposes;
The use shall be located in only one room of the dwelling unit, which shall not be served by an entrance separate from the household;
Interior storage of materials shall only consist of office supplies;
There shall be no change to the exterior of buildings or structures because of the use, and no outside appearance of a business use, including, but not limited to, parking, storage, signs, or lights;
The use operates no equipment or process that creates noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors, or electrical or electronic interference, including interference with telephone, radio or television reception, detectable by neighboring residents;
The use does not require any increased or enhanced electrical or water supply;
The quantity and type of solid waste disposal is the same as other residential uses in the zone district;
The capacity and quality of effluent is typical of normal residential use, and creates no potential or actual detriment to the sanitary sewer system or its components;
Delivery trucks shall be limited to U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service, Federal Express, and other delivery services providing regular service to residential uses in the zone district;
All vehicular traffic to and from the home office use shall be limited in volume, type and frequency to what is normally associated with other residential uses in the zone district.
Home businesses and home occupations, as defined herein, are prohibited in all residential zoning districts within the Borough of Shrewsbury.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,250, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.