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CJIII 12-21-2013 05:49 PM

Commercial cabinet shop at home?
Can you have a commercial cabinet shop at home and still be legal?

beenthere 12-21-2013 05:55 PM


Originally Posted by CJIII (Post 1281269)
Can you have a commercial cabinet shop at home and still be legal?

If your town/city allows it.

CJIII 12-21-2013 06:14 PM

They told me no one time.

beenthere 12-21-2013 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by CJIII (Post 1281285)
They told me no one time.

Ask again. File for a variance if your in a resi only zone. Worse they can do is turn you down. Which of course then means no you can't have a commercial cabinet shop at your home.

Daniel Holzman 12-21-2013 06:20 PM

Certainly no one on an internet chat forum such as this can possibly know more than your local officials about what is legal in your area. Certainly you can ask away on this forum, but what possible use are you going to make of an "answer" you get? Check with your local building inspector.

CJIII 12-21-2013 06:27 PM

Ok! will check again.

cleveman 12-21-2013 06:42 PM

Post us the P & Z ordinance and any other applicable home business ordinances for Montgomery, and we will read them and let you know.

CJIII 12-21-2013 06:44 PM


CJIII 12-21-2013 06:46 PM

beenthere 12-21-2013 07:17 PM


It doesn't matter what we say. You have to file and get approval from your zoning board. Get a lawyer.

Their is no one here that can help you. Unless they are a lawyer and have a license to practice law in your area.

CJIII 12-21-2013 07:52 PM

Thanks for the help. I might be better off building a shop in commercial area anyway.

dftc 12-21-2013 08:38 PM

This doesn't have anything to do with legal issues. Just some advice from experience.
If it's going to be your primary business then it might be better to be in a commercial/industrial area anyway. Working from home is nice for the commute, but it can be hard to get the family to respect your work priorities. Also, unless you already have a nice shop at your place you can probably find a good space that's already built and wired for industrial machines for not too much rent.
If you are going to have customers come by then it's also nice to have a site away from the house.

cleveman 12-22-2013 01:49 AM

Usually under each zoning classification they will give some permitted uses, for example in residential you can single family dwellings, duplexes, churches, schools, etc.

Your residential seems to be divided into many different types.

My notes show that art 7, 2 (residential), page 39 lists permitted uses as home occupations.

The definitions of home occupations are on page 34 and list dress making as an example. It states that such uses must be incidental to the primary use (residence).

So then you have to ask what incidental means. I suppose if you live a good life, all occupations are incidental. You have 24 hours in a day, and most people sleep (reside) for 8 hours, play for 8 hours, and work for 8 hours.

One could argue that cabinetmaking is less disruptive to the neighborhood than dress making. You won't be having people coming to you for fittings and what not.

I would lose the term "commercial" from your title.

Clearly, clock repair or clock making could be looked at as a home occupation. One wouldn't think of Big Ben being constructed in someone's residence.

If you want to have this business on your property in a residential area, this is the way to get your head set.

You are doing the same thing a dress maker would do. You are accepting your fabric (wood) by delivery and shipping out your dresses (cabinets) on a truck. You must keep everything in your residence (garage?). I think it states somewhere that it can't occupy more than x space of the residence.

Hope that helps. My notes show that I looked at Article 1, 5 page 8, art 7, 2, p. 39, and p.34 definitions.

CJIII 12-22-2013 03:27 PM

I usually get my own lumber.

beenthere 12-22-2013 04:03 PM


Originally Posted by CJIII (Post 1281599)
I usually get my own lumber.

You'll have to tell them that in your appeal.

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