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Auto registration is available again.
In #DoverNH, due to the state DMV, system being down auto registration is delayed.
As the holiday season approaches, the Planning Department is reminding our residents with home businesses that the deadline to renew your home business permit is fast approaching. Home businesses are classified as “Customary Home Occupations” under the City of Dover Zoning Ordinance. With a few exceptions, all home businesses must obtain a Customary Home Occupation Conditional Use Permit in order to legally operate. The Conditional Use Permit must be renewed on an annual basis by no later than December 31st each year.
“Customary Home Occupations” are permitted in all residentially zoned districts in the City of Dover and refer to small, home-based businesses owned and operated by the occupant of the home. Types of businesses include teachers providing instruction to eight (8) pupils or less, antique dealers, hairdressers/salons, and offices for lawyers, doctors, photographers, dentists, architects, engineers or similar professionals. “All home based businesses are required to apply to the Planning Department for what is called a ‘Certificate of Use’,” said Tim Corwin, Assistant City Planner, “even if up until now they have been operating without City approval.”
Requirements for customary home occupations include the following: no more than one (1) nonresident may be employed, no more than 25% of the net floor area of the home may be used for the business, no display of goods from the street, no signage other than a non-illuminated two (2) square foot sign carrying the occupant’s name and occupation, two (2) parking spaces in addition to the parking spaces required for the home, and no more than one (1) commercial vehicle may be store on the property.
If the home business exceeds any of these requirements, it is only permitted if it is specifically identified as a permitted use in the zoning district in which the property is located, and may require Planning Board approval. Likewise, some businesses are specifically excluded from the definition of “Customary Home Occupation” such as retail, landscaping, caterers/bakeries, and kennels. Instead these businesses are only permitted if specifically identified as permitted uses in the zoning district in which the property is located, and are subject to the City’s Site Review Regulations and may require Planning Board approval.
Home businesses that are operating without a Customary Home Occupation permit or which do not renew their permit are considered to be in violation of the Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Department however emphasizes that its goal is to help home business owners meet the City’s regulations, not to seek penalties for zoning violations. “We understand that in many instances the homeowner is unaware of our zoning regulations,” said Corwin. “Our goal is to work with all of our business owners to help bring their property or business into compliance.”
For more information on customary home occupation permits, please contact the City of Dover Department of Planning and Community Development at 516-6008.
In November, the Planning Department responded to a request for proposals for funding through the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) New England Coastal Community Resilience Initiative. The purpose of the initiative is to support local actions to reduce long-term risk to people, property and ecosystems from coastal hazards - such as coastal flooding and coastal storm damage - and to promote new or continued participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System. On November 21st, the Department was awarded a $7,500.00 grant for a floodplain management community outreach project. The grant will help fund the preparation of informational pamphlets which will be mailed to all of our property owners near or within the City’s floodplains beginning in 2014 and thereafter on an annual basis. The goals of the project are to provide information about the City’s current floodplain management program including the minimum regulations and our participation in the NFIP, provide loss prevention tips, and to describe and explain the link between strong floodplain management and effective adaptation to sea level rise. In addition to increasing awareness of the floodplain and the NFIP, the outreach project is also designed to spearhead the City’s effort to apply to the NFIP Community Rating System (CRS). Participation in the CRS, which requires demonstration that the City has a robust, active and effective floodplain management program, will bring potentially significant costs savings to our property owners in the form of reduced flood insurance premiums.
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The Board held a public hearing on Zoning Amendments
The Board approved:
A Lot Line Adjustment on Leighton Road
Two Lot Line Adjustments on Sixth Street
A change of use from Hotel/Motel use to Apartments, along with a reduced parking requirement on Central Avenue.
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