Work-Use Intensity Types
Home occupation is a term used by many jurisdictions to grant residents the right to pursue small-scale work activities at home. This type of arrangement is what most people think of when they hear the term “working at home,” or “home office.” By definition, home occupation takes place in a residence, and it may or may not include a physically delineated work space such as an office, studio, or workshop.
Live/work is a term used to describe a unit in which the needs of the residential component and the quiet enjoyment expectations of the neighbors in the building or adjacent buildings take precedence over the work needs of the unit in question, meaning that those who pursue work activities must take into consideration the noise, odors, and other impacts they may generate. The predominant use of a live/work unit is residence; work activity is secondary or, if separated, of comparable importance.
Work/Live is a term used to describe a unit in which the needs of the work component take precedence over the quiet enjoyment expectations of residents There may be noise, odors, or other impacts, as well as employees, walk-in trade, or sales. The predominant use of a work/live unit is commercial or industrial work activity; residence is a secondary, if not accessory use.