depends on the type of home business you are planning. All communities allow you to have home business and it usually spelled out in the town building by-laws what types are allowed. Under the Somerville by-laws this is what is allowed under a home buisness. Any other questions should be addressed with the towns zoning administrator and or your attorney.
"2.2.69. Home Occupation. An activity customarily carried on inside a dwelling unit, and conforming to the following requirements:
Only the residents of the dwelling unit shall conduct the home occupation.
The home occupation shall require only customary home equipment.
The use, including storage of materials or products, shall be carried on strictly within an enclosed building.
There shall be no exterior structural alterations that are not customary with residential buildings, excluding signs as provided for in Article 12
The production of offensive noise, vibration, smoke, dust or other particulate matter, heat, humidity, glare, or other objectionable effects shall be prohibited.
The home occupation would not be expected to have more than one (1) visitor car at any given time.
A home occupation shall include, but is not limited to: the studio of a visual artist, craftsperson, musician or other performing artist, photographer, or writer; the teaching of not more than four (4) pupils simultaneously; work of a domestic nature, such as dressmaking, millinery, or preparing food for sale; and the office of an architect, landscape architect, engineer, attorney, sales representative, computer software developer, typist, or word processor where clients generally do not visit the premises to transact business.
Notwithstanding the above definition, the following uses shall not be considered a home occupation: auto or appliance repair; contractor's shop or storage; barber shops; beauty parlors; real estate or insurance offices; commercial stables or kennels; an office within a primary residence of a physician, dentist or other recognized medical profession; body art establishment."