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.
Date posted: December 12, 2012
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