Should Home Occupations in Residential Zones be allowed outright without a Business Permit as long as they do not exceed whatever size, noise, advertising, vibration, lighting, off premisis electrical disturbance, parking or other nuisances, or other requirements you may specify?
The point being that much business is already commonly conducted in the home over computers such as consulting, selling by mail by Ebay, etc., which should not require city efforts to find, review, Permit, investigate, or enforce. Small business should be allowed outright and only be regulated if they exceed a specified level of activity. Businesses that exceed those limits would not be allowed, and therefore would not need city involvment in a Permit process.
The city can specify any criteria it wants to, and any violation may constitute a nuisance that could be addressed then, if there is a complaint.