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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2022 02:42 PM
From: Representative Tracy Pennycuick
To: All House members
Subject: Low-Impact Home Based Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way many businesses conducted operations throughout the Commonwealth. In my district, a constituent who does electrical contracting and computing relocated a portion of his business to his home, so he could continue to provide for his family. However, when he did this, his municipality threatened him with fines and even jail time if he did not desist his business at his home. Therefore, in the near future, I will be introducing legislation to amend the Municipalities Planning Code to allow for temporary low-impact home business relocation.

Currently, individuals can operate what are deemed no impact home businesses from their properties. My legislation would amend the Municipal Planning Code to expand this provision to allow low-impact home businesses to operate during any future declared disaster emergency or natural disaster that renders operation of the business at its location unsafe and impossible.

Please join me in supporting business owners who want to temporarily move their businesses to their homes, so they can continue to conduct business during an emergency or natural disaster.

Introduced as HB2286