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Whether you plan to buy real estate or invest in development, zoning laws will apply to you. Zoning laws are regulations that control property development in different municipalities. When it comes to zoning, there are different categories. For instance, residential zoning, industrial zoning, commercial zoning and rural zoning have different regulations set by the cities or municipalities.

Here is what you need to know about zoning, whether you are a property developer or homeowner.

How Can You Find Out Zoning Regulations?

Every city or county has its zoning laws. If you recently moved to a new city, you cannot count on the zoning laws from your previous city. While counties and cities can set up their zoning regulations, the city’s regulations will always override the county’s regulations. Therefore someone may have different restrictions outside of the city than inside it.

To find out what your city’s zoning laws are, most cities have their codes posted online. You can read through the entirety of it. When it comes to property use and zoning, however, it can be complicated and because of that, you may want to speak to a lawyer. This is especially true if you plan to build on your land or are using a plot for real estate development. It is better to be clear about the regulations that you have.

What Does Zoning Accomplish?

The point of zoning is to regulate what a person can do with different types of property. When it comes to single-family residences, this might cover how many mobile homes are allowed on a piece of land, how many animals are allowed in one residence and what types of animals are allowed. For instance, some municipalities ban farm animals within the city limits.

Some zoning laws can even affect home businesses. There are some neighborhoods where you cannot have home businesses and in other areas, you may have to go by the city’s restrictions for hours. When it comes to business zoning, the regulations are specific to different types of businesses. Zoning can cover environmental concerns and even the amount of noise allowed to come out of the business.

Whether you are a real estate developer, a homeowner or someone who has recently purchased commercial real estate, it is important to be aware of the zoning laws. To find out more about your city or county’s ordinances, contact a real estate lawyer for a consultation.