Guidelines for working from home in Knoxville

Guidelines for working from home in Knoxville

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Emmaleigh Travis owns her own photography business, CQ Photography.  Travis has been working out of her home since 2011 and utilizes a shed as her studio. Emmaleigh Travis owns her own photography business, CQ Photography. Travis has been working out of her home since 2011 and utilizes a shed as her studio.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Working out of your home, or a home occupation as the City of Knoxville calls it, is not permitted by right. Instead, you need to get approval.

According to the city, an individual working from home in the city must obtain a business license and a use on review application, which requires approval from the Metropolitan Planning Commission.

The MPC bases its decision on a number of factors including zoning codes and effects on traffic and sales.

"After that, there is a 15 day appeal period and that decision of MPC can be appealed to City Council," attorney for the City of Knoxville, Krista Cuccaro said.

That appeal process is what happened to Jacoyia Wakefield after complaints from neighbors led to City Council voting down MPC's decision, forcing her to stop providing child care in her Holston Hills home.

The city said Wakefield's home operation violated a zoning ordinance.

A Holston Hills resident, Sandra Woodland, provided City Council with a petition with more than 200 signatures asking them to deny Wakefield's application for a home occupation.


Working From Home

6 News caught up with an at-home business owner in Hardin Valley who shared the benefits of working from her house.

Emmaleigh Travis owns her own photography business, CQ Photography.

Travis has been working out of her home since 2011 and utilizes a shed as her studio.

"I can't even tell you how helpful it is," Travis said. "My kids are up in the house maybe 70 feet away so I am right next to them if something happens."

As a mother of two, working from home allows Travis to take care of her children while expand her growing clientele.

"I'm able to work here, grow my business and support my family," Travis said. "That's the American dream, right?"

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