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Home-Based Business

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Prairie Village residents who operate a business from their home must obtain a City license and comply with the City's Zoning Regulations regarding home-based businesses.

Common Questions

Q: Why does the City require a Home Occupation license?
Residential neighborhoods are designed and intended for residential uses.  However, the City recognizes that certain business activities can be conducted within residential areas which will not infringe on the residential rights of neighbors.  The City's Home Occupation Licensing Program is designed to balance the needs of the home-based entrepreneur with those of the surrounding neighborhood.

Q: What is a Home Occupation Business?
Any business maintained, conducted, or administered within a residence in an area of the City zoned for residential Use, with the exception of Home Day Care providers.

Q: What is the license fee?
The fee for a Home Occupation license is $52.

Q: Can I solicit or advertise my home-based business?
Use of advertising signs on the premises is not allowed.  Dissemination of information is permitted and advertising in other venues (business directory, phone book) is permitted.  Should solicitation of residents be desired, a Door-to-Door Solicitation Permit is required.

Q: How much of my home can be occupied by the home-based business?
Home occupations must be located entirely within the interior of a residence and shall not be located in garages or accessory structures.  No more than 20% of the total floor area, not including the garage, shall be used for the home based business.

Q: Can I have employees at my home-based business?
The home occupation shall have no other employees, independent contractors, or any other entity working on or dispatched from the premises, except for family members residing on the premises.

More questions? Contact the City Clerk's Office at 913-381-6464 or send an e-mail to

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