Home Occupation

Many Georgia cities have adopted a home occupation provision in their code of ordinances to provide guidelines for artists who have businesses or studios in their homes.  The limitations generally address the number of employees, automobile traffic, parking and signage allowed and typically prohibit large gatherings. It is vitally important that you contact your local government in order to insure that you have the most recent and most applicable version of the home occupation law in your area. There are benefits to applying for home occupation status, but you may find that the public officials in charge of administering your application under their local ordinance will have little if any experience with the process.

The following communities have Home Occupation provisions: Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Cobb County, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Rome and Savannah.

Download this PDF of various Georgia cities’ Home Occupation Ordinances Download PDF file