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What can be done about a neighbor who makes furniture and emits noxious glue fumes?

Ken Little

Q. Someone in our block makes furniture in his attached garage that he then sells for profit. The strong noxious glue fumes and other chemicals travel through the subdivision neighborhood, causing problems. What to do? He’s not the kind to talk to, believe me. We live in New Hanover County, in the Ogden area.

A. A home occupation is allowed in an attached garage in any residential district within New Hanover County, said Linda Painter, zoning compliance official.

However, Painter added the definition found in the New Hanover County Zoning Ordinance for Home Occupation – No. 6 states:

“No equipment or process shall be used in such home occupation which creates noise, vibration, glare, fumes, or electrical interference detectable to the normal senses off the lot.”

“If a complaint is filed with the Zoning Division at 798-7116, which needs to include a specific location or address where the activity is occurring, we will start an investigation with the end goal of bringing the property into compliance,” Painter said.


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One Response to “ What can be done about a neighbor who makes furniture and emits noxious glue fumes?”

  1. On December 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm Rauri wrote:

    So does this only apply to an “Occupation” where an item is sold, or does this apply to a hobby also? Can he call this a hobby? I guess no one around that area mows the lawn, builds anything, or has kids playing outside, birds chirpping, planes flying, car horns, thunder, flowers, barbecue grill smell, or anything that may offend someone, somewhere, and busy-body neighbors on top of that. Sounds like a sad, sad, neighborhood to live in.