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Making Room for Home-Based Businesses

In this crash course on home-based businesses, Nolan Gray explores how reducing zoning regulations could help revitalize communities and encourage entrepreneurship across the country.

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  • Duration 8 video lessons (46 Mins)
  • Published Published
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    What Do We Know About Home-Based Businesses?
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    What Are the Economic Impacts of Home-Based Businesses?
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    How Has Zoning Historically Regulated Home-Based Businesses?
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    How Does Zoning Regulate Home-Based Businesses Today?
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    Five Principles for Home-Based Zoning Reform
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    Home-Based Business Reform Is Already Underway
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What You Will Learn

  • Understand what home-based businesses are, who runs them, and the barriers they face.
  • Understand the important economic role played by home-based businesses.
  • Understand the history of how zoning regulates home-based businesses
  • Understand how zoning regulates home-based businesses today, and the issues these rules raise.
  • Understand general principles for the reform of home-based business zoning and permitting.
  • Understand what various municipalities and states are doing to reform

Course Description

Over the past two years, millions of Americans have shifted to working from home—indeed, more and more Americans are running an entire business out of their home. But what exactly are home-based businesses? Who runs them, and what kinds of business do they do? How are they typically regulated under zoning? And how are municipalities and states across the country reforming zoning ordinances in response to the changing nature of work? This course answers these questions and more while providing direct actionable steps for planners.

Learn these skills

  • Economic Development
  • Law and Policy
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for .75 AICP CM credit.

Meet Your Instructor

Nolan Gray

Nolan Gray

M. Nolan Fray is the Research Director for California YIMBY, an expert in urban land-use regulation, and a widely published offer of works including "Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix it."

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