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Commercial zoning tells you what you can do with a specific commercial property. There are various types and regulations to make sure an area is in good shape. Understanding commercial zoning is essential for both developers and investors, as failure to follow zoning laws can result in pretty serious consequences.

What is Commercial Zoning

In short, commercial zoning legislation regulates land use. Officials segment land into districts under their jurisdiction that determine how properties and structures can be used. On top of functional regulations, zoning can also regulate aesthetics. Meaning, they also regulate size, materials, colors, landscaping and design of buildings in some areas. Additionally, zoning also regulates other things such as noise level, air quality, health and safety, parking and signage.

Overall, zoning promotes growth as they determine the type and amount of businesses in a given area so that there is an even spread. In most cases, properties are zoned for one specific use.

Types of Zones

The types of zoning usually include residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational and historical. Here is a breakdown of what each is:

Residential: Usually for single-family or multi-family use. You have to get a special permit in order to run a business out of your home, because commercial buildings are not allowed in residential zones.

Commercial: Allows for commercial activities such as retail stores, offices, or any other building that you can run a business out of. Sometimes they include sub-zones.

Industrial: Used for manufacturing purposes. These usually have a higher noise level, hazards and waste.

Agricultural: Used for farming and agricultural purposes. These might have restrictions on other uses or developments.

Recreational: Used for recreational activities such as sports fields or other active games.

Historical: These are typically areas with historical homes or buildings more than 50 years old. Some businesses are allowed but they cannot change or interfere with the historical site.

Why They are Important

As mentioned before, zoning laws are put in place to promote growth and health in communities. Understanding these laws are essential to attracting new clients and serving current ones. Zoning ordinances and laws can get pretty complicated. It would be a good idea to consult with a professional to help you navigate zoning laws.

If you need some clarity or help navigating these laws, give us a call, we would be happy to help!

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