How do I start a Home Occupation?

A Home Occupation is a business activity that is conducted at a residential dwelling by a person residing in the dwelling and is a secondary and incidental use of the dwelling as a residence. 

No Home Occupation may be conducted at a residential dwelling unless a home occupation permit or a land use permit has been issued. 

More Information about Home Occupations

Home Occupation Application Process

  • Apply for a Home Occupation with our ePermit system 
  • View the Submitting a Planning Application webpage to learn more about applying for a Planning Application
  • Once a Home Occupation permit is obtained, you can get a business license from the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office-Business License Tax Division on 625 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553. Telephone: 925-957-5280
Home Occupations Code (Municode)

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1. How high can I build my fence and/or retaining wall?
2. Do my neighbors need a tree permit to remove a tree? When do they need a permit and what is the process and timeline involved?
3. How do I start a Home Occupation?
4. What can be built or done to my property?
5. Where can I get a copy of the parcel map?
6. What type of structures do not require a permit?
7. How long does the permit process take?
8. Where can I obtain information on gas, water, or sanitation lines on my property?
9. What is green building and where can I find more information about green homes?
10. When is a permit required from Building Inspection?