I would like to start my own eBay business at home to cut costs. There will be no manufacturing done at home and no customers stopping by, because I wouldn’t want my neighbors making a complaint to the city hall about customer visitation and manufacturing of products at home. I plan to store my inventory outside of my home so that I don’t violate city ordinances.
I know for sure that my city ordinances don’t allow home businesses of any kind, that’s why I plan to rent a "private mailbox" from a franchise offering "private mailbox" service, so that I would have my own "post office box” that has an actual street address.
Could I use that address as the business address when applying for my local business permit, an address that my city zoning department will no doubt double-check and find out that the address is already being occupied by an existing registered business, say, a franchise of an UPS Store, and suspect that I might be operating the actual business at home? And don’t city officials visit my business address to see if the place is in compliance with the city codes? Won`t they insist on inspecting the actual place where I conduct business?
Here is what I want: no first visit or future surprise visits from city officials to either the actual place where I conduct my eBay business or the "private mailbox". Please advise. Thank you.