January 28, 2007 5:18 AM EST
I am purchasing an historic home in upstate NY and plan to open a B&B. NYS codes list Bed and Breakfast Dwelling as "owner occupied one-family dwelling used for providing overnight accommodations and morning meal to not more than ten transient lodgers, containing at least three, but not more than five bedrooms for such lodging." The home is in area zoned R1, but city zoning ordinances descriptions are ambiguous. Acccessory use in R1 is "Home Occupation, providing all signs pertaing thereto are erected in accordance with provisions of 123-26". This is the complete entry. There is no description of what a "home occupation" is. In my research, many cities consider B&B`s as a "home occupation". If I make no structual or property changes, provide adequate parking and adhere to the NYS guidelines, what would be my problem?