You have a single family residence, that's why the zoning cert states "one." If you want to rent a room on the second floor, that's probably OK. If you want to rent the second floor as an apartment, that's not going to be OK. If you want to change the zoning of your property to accommodate more units, consult a real estate attorney. It may be possible to do so, but you will have to make changes to your house to make it legal.
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