Home-Based Business Occupancy Permits

Home-Based Business Permit

Residents who would like to operate a business from their home may be required to obtain a Home-Based Business permit. You must obtain a Home-Based Business permit if either of the following are true:

  • You will meet with clients at the home
  • You will send packages from the home using a shipping service

Apply for a Home-Based Business permit online here. Before applying, please review the following standards.

Standards for Home-Based Businesses

Per section 19.37(2) of the municipal code, any person operating a Home-Based Business in a residential district shall comply with all the following:

  • The operator shall obtain a Home-Based Business permit
  • Services or sales on premises shall be conducted by appointment only.
  • No more than 1 client may be on the premises at any time and no more than 4 clients may enter the premises per day.
  • No appointments shall occur between 8 pm and 8 am.
  • The business shall be conducted solely within either the principal building or an accessory building.
  • The business may not utilize a shipping service from the dwelling unit.
  • The business may not employ any person who does not reside on the premises.
  • The home-based business may not be any activity licensed by the State of Wisconsin under Wis. Stat. Chapters. 441-480.
  • No vehicle shall be used in connection with the business unless owned by the permittee and legally parked on the premises.


If you have any additional questions concerning this process, please email planning@westalliswi.gov.