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Q. - What work can I do inside my home without
having to apply for a permit, i.e., mechanical, electical, plumbing,
and does my homestead exemption lower the price of the permits,
if any apply? Also, where do I apply, City of Terrell, or Kaufman
County? Thank you.
Answer - I appreciate your taking time to submit
Our current Zoning Ordinance is quite friendly to someone who operates
a home business as defined in the ordinance. Quoting the ordinance. "A
home occupation is an occupation customarily carried on in the home
by a member of the occupant's family without structural alterations
in the building or any of its rooms, without the installation of
machinery other than that customary to normal household operation
or additional equipment, without the employment of additional persons,
without the use of a sign to advertise the occupation, without offering
any commodity for sale on the premises and which does not create
obnoxious noise or other obnoxious conditions abutting residential
In simple terms, a home occupation should be conducted in such a
manner that the neighbors are unaware of its existence. No permits
are required for most home occupations, however, any occupation that
requires State licensing, food permits or health inspections are
required to possess valid licenses and have the premises inspected
regularly, such as catering, beauticians/barbers, attorneys, tax
advisors, architects, etc. In addition, any type of work that requires
outside work or storage of equipment or materials at your home is
If you are unsure if your proposed business would be acceptable
under Terrell Ordinance, you should contact The Municipal Development
Department at 972-551-6606 and they would be glad to assist you.
They will be able to answer a wide array of questions regarding remodeling,
building permits, and other issues. If your home / proposed business
is not within the corporate limits of the City of Terrell, you might
want to contact Kathy Morris, Public Works Director for Kaufman County.
She has an office at the South Annex, 3003 S. Washington in Kaufman.
Her phone number is 469-376-4127.
Thanks again for your question.
Hal Richards, Mayor