The Prince George’s County Council voted on Tuesday to make it illegal for residential homes to be used for commercial purposes.
The legislation will prevent homes from being used as party houses or restaurants without the proper permits needed for such businesses. Supporters of the legislation said the new rules will help cut down on extra traffic, noise and trash in their neighborhoods.
Opponents said some homeowners who use their residents as a business location do so for extra income to pay their mortgages. However, police were called to one of the home businesses for a homicide in January 2016.
Council members said the legislation will make it easier for police to shut down the businesses and punish those you operate them.