We want to open a ceramic studio with classes and membership in a space not specifically zoned for teaching classes. The space we are considering is C1-C3, we need C2-4. If we have retail in the front and call it a retail space and then get clever with semantics, for instance calling six week classes workshops instead of classes, can we get away with it? Apparently having workshops, parties and membership is ok as long as there isn’t instruction happening. What are your thoughts?
That’s getting into legalities and we can’t make any recommendations pertaining to permitting and zoning issues. In my experience, if you hover on the edge of a zoning or permitting situation, all it takes is one disgruntled customer or nearby business owner to report you, and then you could have big trouble. In my businesses, I stayed within the limits to prevents headaches down the line. Good luck!
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