If you live in the city of Saint Paul, MN in a residential (R-4) neighborhood, and if you have a detached garage you're not permitted to use any part of it in support of a home-base business?
However, if your neighbor next door has an attached garage they are more than welcome to use any and all of it in support of their venture!
You read that right: If you have a detached garage in Saint Paul Minnesota, you're essentially a second-class citizen, while your neighbor across the street with their attached or tucked under garage can operate their EBAY or consulting or personal services business to their hearts content. Your neighbor now has a competitive advantage, sanctioned and supported by the City of St. Paul. What you get with your "accessory structure" (aka, detached garage) is a "nastygram" from the city Department of Safety and Inspections. In some cases they might even show up at your house, walk through backyard and attempt to get inside your garage without notice or permission.
Thanks in part to subclause "C" of St. Paul Code, Sec. 65.141. - "Home occupation"
There goes my plans to start collecting and selling vintage 80's sweaters and clothing, or possibly antique cookie jars on EBAY since I would not be allowed to put a desk and computer there or temporarily store any of it in my detached garage because through some arcane zoning magic I don't quite understand, the moment I do, my garage is magically converted into a warehouse (despite the fact that I might have my car or other personal possessions in it at the time) -- while my "neighbors connected-to-the-house-possibly-by-a-breezeway-garage" is still just a plain old garage.
It gets even stranger if you own the property, use it as as second home, rent it for part of the year, it suddenly becomes against city code for you, the owner, to store or use that garage - say for example, hobbies like woodworking, welding, home-brewing etc let alone keeping any of your personal possessions (like the aforementioned vintage 80's sweaters!)
You can't even use the space as a home office. But your neighbor could.
If this isn't a prime example of over zealous and overly restrictive not to mention invasive government, I don't know what is?
What it means is this: A Google or an Apple could never happen in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
At a time when our state is facing down an unprecedented budget shortfall, it begs the question: Does it make ANY sense to restrict jobs and shutdown the economic engines that drive our economy, namely service and knowledge based businesses? Most of which are now operated from peoples homes?
Today's Big Idea is this: "Cities like Saint Paul should take cues from Silicon Valley if they want to encourage innovation and play a role in tomorrows economy. Some of the worlds biggest companies started in garages. Just not in St. Paul"
how odd?! When & why did this come about? Are you going to campaign to get this changed? City council bound.... ?It seems to be a bit ridiculous, this ordinance of regulating personal property uses INSIDE a structure, not knowing the backround of whence it came.
Looks like the City of Bayport, MN got it right! Kudo's!
(78) Home Occupation. Any gainful occupation or profession engaged in, at, or from a dwelling unit by the occupant of the dwelling unit. Except for occasional outdoor educational activities, the "home occupation" must be conducted within the dwelling unit, and not within accessory buildings other than a detached garage if the dwelling unit does not have an attached garage.