In an effort to protect residential property values, most subdivisions, condos and planned unit developments create special rules--typically called Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC& Rs)--that govern many aspects of property use. Rules pertaining to home-based businesses are often significantly stricter than those found in city ordinances. So long as the rules of your planned development are reasonably clear and consistently enforced, you must follow them. Because many planned developments enforce their rules more zealously than municipalities do, it's essential that you make sure your home-based business is in full compliance.

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