Preserving the quality of life in Montgomery County neighborhoods needs help from all of us. New County laws initiated by the County Executive and approved by the County Council are designed to help protect our residential neighborhoods. These laws go into effect April 24, 2011. In general, what follows is what you need to know. For exact details see the legislation or call 311.
County residents can operate businesses out of their homes– subject to certain restrictions.
There are three types of home-based businesses allowed:no-impact(which don't need to register with the county), registered(which need a permit from the Department of Permitting Services), and medical practitioners(must also register.) The person who performs the occupation must live in the house. On-site employees are limited to one in a 24-hour period. The number of visits to a no-impact business is limited to five customers/clientsa week. A registered business is allowed no more than five customers/clients a day or 20 a week.
The on-site parking for home occupations is limited to two spaces. Lawn maintenance companies operating as home occupations are allowed only one single-axle trailer or truck at a time.
Heavy commercial vehicles are defined as follows: a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds; a manufacturer's rated capacity of more than one ton; more than 21 feet long (including any object loaded onto the vehicle); or are more than eight feet high (including racks, but not antennas). These vehicles are prohibited from parking off-street in residential neighborhoods.
Recreational vehicles include motor homes and trailers, including those used to transport other leisure equipment.One recreational vehicle per household can be parked off-street on available surfaced area in residential neighborhoods.
However, the occupants must comply with the new law's parking limitations effective October 24, 2011.
Typically, for Permitting Services and Housing & Community Affairs, an inspector investigates the complaint and issues a Notice of Violation if he or she finds just cause. If the violation is not corrected and/or dismissed within 30 days, a citation may be issued accompanied by a $500 fine. On-street parking violators can be ticketed by the Police.
If you have questions please call the Customer Service Center at 311 (when calling from within the County) or 240-777-0311 (when calling from outside the County).
Working together, we can maintain the residential character of our neighborhoods.